Oregon expands crabbing closure due to domoic acid levels

Dungeness crab (File/SBG)

SALEM, Ore. -Recreational and commercial crabbing is now closed from the north jetty of the Coquille River south to the California border due to elevated levels of domoic acid, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said Monday.

"This includes crab harvested in bays and estuaries, and on beaches, docks, piers, and jetties," the state agency said in a statement. "The recreational crabbing season in the ocean closed coast-wide on Oct. 15."

Recreational crabbing remains open north of the Coquille River to the Columbia River.

The closure expands on last week's announcement halting crabbing from Cape Blanco south to California.

"Despite the closure, crab and shellfish products sold in retail markets and restaurants remain safe for consumers," the agency said.

For updates, you can call the shellfish safety information hotline at (800) 448-2474 or visit the Oregon Department of Agriculture shellfish closures web page.

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