[MARINE_BIOLOGY_INTERNATIONAL] Toxins close north Oregon beaches to Mussel harvest


Salem, OR - Oregon Agriculture Department officials have closed recreational mussel harvesting on Oregon's north coastal beaches due to elevated levels of marine toxins.

The closure announced Friday extends from the south jetty of the Columbia River to Cape Meares on the north Oregon coast. It includes mussels found on beaches, rocks, jetties, and bay entrances.

The closure does not affect recreational clam harvesting on the north coast. Crab are also safe to eat.

All Oregon coastal areas south of Cape Meares remain open to recreational shellfish harvesting.

Paralytic shellfish toxins can cause minor to severe illness or even death. Cooking will not destroy them. The toxins are produced by algae and the department will continue to test toxin levels.

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