Razor clam harvest reopens on north Oregon Coast

Clamming is reopening from the Columbia River to Tillamook Head

A freshly-dug razor clam is tossed into a net during the first day of the short season Sunday afternoon, Dec. 21, 2003, on the Pacific Ocean beach at Grayland, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
A freshly-dug razor clam is tossed into a net during the first day of the short season Sunday afternoon, Dec. 21, 2003, on the Pacific Ocean beach at Grayland, Wash. The holiday razor clam dig runs through Tuesday on evening tides at several coastal beaches in Washington. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife approved three days of digging at Long Beach, Grayland and Kalaloch beaches after a series of marine toxin tests confirmed that the clams on those beaches are safe to eat. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Two Oregon state agencies have announced the reopening of recreational and commercial razor clam harvesting on a section of the coast.

The Agriculture and Fish and Wildlife departments said Monday that clamming is reopening from the Columbia River to Tillamook Head.  The area has been closed since due to elevated levels of a shellfish toxin. Recent shellfish sampling indicates toxin levels have dropped.

Razor clam harvesting remains closed from Tillamook Head south to California.

Meanwhile, the agencies say mussel harvesting has reopened from the Yachats River on the central coast to California. The entire Oregon Coast is now open to mussel harvesting.

The Agriculture Department will continue testing each week for toxins. Reopening of an area requires two consecutive tests in the safe range.

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