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State closes razor clams along entire Oregon coast

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The state has closed the entire Oregon coast to razor clam harvesting due to high levels of marine biotoxins.

The news comes a week after the coast closed for clam and mussel harvesting, as more than two dozen people fell ill with an illness consistent with paralyzing shellfish poisoning.

The Oregon Department of Agriculture will test for shellfish toxins at least twice a month, tides and weather permitting. Reopening an area closed due to biotoxins requires two consecutive tests with results below the closure limit.

Crab fishing remains open along the entire coast.

For more information, call the ODA Shellfish Biotoxin Hotline at (800) 448-2474, the ODA Food Safety Program at 503-986-4720, or visit the ODA Recreational Shellfish Biotoxin Closures webpage.

Emma Logan is an outdoor journalism intern for the Statesman Journal. She can be reached at [email protected] or on X @emmalogan

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