SALEM, Ore. — State regulators have closed part of the Oregon coast to mussel harvesting because of elevated levels of marine toxins that can cause severe, even fatal, reactions in humans.
The closure area stretches from Tillamook Head in Clatsop County to the north jetty of Yaquina (yuh-KWIN’-uh) Bay at Newport.
The departments of agriculture and fish and wildlife said in a statement that the paralytic shellfish toxins usually are produced by algae in the ocean, and cooking doesn’t kill them.
The closure applies to mussels found on the beaches, rocks, jetties, and bay entrances.
The departments said crab is safe to eat. They say coastal scallops are not covered by the closure when only the adductor muscle is eaten, but eating recreationally caught whole scallops is not recommended.