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Razor clams freshly dug up in Seaside sit out on the beach. (2010)

The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) announce the opening of the north coast beaches for recreational razor clamming. Recreational razor clamming is now open from the Columbia River to Tillamook Head (south of Seaside). Recent razor clam samples indicate the marine biotoxin domoic acid has dropped below the closure limit.

Razor clamming remains closed from Tillamook Head to the California border for elevated levels of domoic acid toxin.

Recreational mussel, bay clam and crab harvesting is open along the entire Oregon coastline. Coastal scallops are not affected by this closure when only the adductor muscle is eaten. The consumption of whole recreational scallops is not recommended. Commercial shellfish products remain safe for consumers.

Paralytic shellfish toxin and domoic acid toxin are produced be algae and originate in the ocean. ODA will continue to test for shellfish toxins twice per month, as tides and weather permit. Reopening of an area requires two consecutive tests with results below the limits.

For more information call ODA's shellfish safety information hotline at (800) 448-2474, the Food Safety Division at (503) 98604720, or visit the ODA Recreational Shellfish Biotoxin Closures webpage.

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