NEWPORT, Ore. -- Curry County's coast is part of a crabbing closure area today by the State.
The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) have closed recreational bay and estuary crabbing from eight miles north of Winchester Bay to the California border after recent test results show marine toxin domoic acid is more than the human health closure limit.
Domoic acid is produced by algae and originates in the ocean.
ODA tests for shellfish toxins twice per month, as tides and weather permit. Reopening an area closed for biotoxins requires two consecutive tests with results below the closure limit.
ODFW says recreational bay and estuary crabbing remains open from eight miles north of Winchester Bay to the Washington border while recreational ocean crabbing is closed until November 30 per permanent regulations. It says the reopening of ocean crabbing December 1 could be delayed pending toxin test results.
Recreational bay clam and mussel harvesting remain open along the entire Oregon coast, though razor clamming is closed coastwide.
It is recommended that recreational crab harvesters always eviscerate crab before cooking, which includes removing and discarding the viscera, internal organs and gills.
More information is available at ODA's shellfish biotoxin safety hotline at (800) 448-2474, the Food Safety Division at (503) 986-4720, or ODA's shellfish biotoxin closures webpage.