Friday, April 25, 2014

The Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife are reopening a portion of the Oregon Coast to recreational and commercial mussel harvesting , from the south jetty of the Columbia River to Cape Arago in Coos County. Shellfish samples taken from the area indicate paralytic shellfish toxins have dropped below the alert level. Recreational and commercial mussel harvesting is still closed along the south coast from Cape Arago to the California border. The closure includes mussels found on the beaches, rocks, jetties, and bay entrances in this section of the Oregon Coast. All other recreational shellfish harvesting is open for the entire Oregon Coast. Shellfish toxins are produced by algae and usually originate in the ocean. ODA will continue to test for shellfish toxins weekly, as tides permit. Reopening of an area requires two consecutive tests in the safe range.

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