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Mussel Harvesting Closed

CAPE ARAGO, Ore. — High levels of marine toxins are prompting officials to shut down recreational mussel harvesting on the Southern Oregon coast.

The closure, announced Thursday, extends from Cape Arago to the California border, and includes mussels found on beaches, rocks, and bay entrances. The shellfish are contaminated with high levels of paralytic shellfish toxins, which can cause minor to severe illness, or even death.

Cooking does not destroy the toxins. All other recreational shellfish harvesting remains open along the entire Oregon coast.