Oregon coast back open to mussel harvesting after elevated toxins detected

FILE — Bill Vincent photo of mussels near Florence.

The state said Thursday recreational and commercial mussel harvesting is now open along the entire Oregon coast.

The Oregon Department of Agriculture closed mussel harvesting from the south jetty of the Columbia River to the north jetty of Yaquina Bay on Oct. 13 because of the detection of high levels of paralytic shellfish toxins.

But on Thursday, the ODA said samples taken from the area indicate the levels of the toxins have dropped below the alert level.

The agency said razor clamming it still open but only from the Columbia River to Cascade Head, north of Lincoln City. It remains closed from Cascade Head south to the California border because of elevated levels of domoic acid.

Recreational harvesting of bay clams is still open along the entire Oregon Coast.