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 ADVISORY: Softshell and gaper clam advisory for Oregon Coast


softshellclamOregon Health Authority has issued an advisory for recreationally harvested softshell and gaper clams along the Oregon coast due to arsenic contamination.

Visit our advisory page for resources including how to prepare clams to reduce your risk of exposure.

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Seafood Guide

Use this Seafood Guide to make smart choices about the types of fish and shellfish you eat. This wallet-sized card can be taken to the grocery store, restaurants, and when going fishing.
ORfishGuidelinecardSPANFRONT Seafood Guide

You can order these guides by emailing

Recreational Shellfish HarvestingBay clams

Shellfish - including clams, mussels, oysters, scallops and crab - can sometimes become contaminated with toxins that can make you sick. Below is information about advisories and closure notices for recreational shellfish harvesters.

Shellfish Advisories
Shellfish Closures due to Biotoxins

Always check the biotoxin status of the beach where you plan to harvest shellfish. The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) jointly issue shellfish safety closures to protect recreational shellfish harvesters from consuming clams or mussels contaminated with harmful biotoxins.

Tips for Recreational Shellfish Harvesting

Contaminants in Fish and ShellfishFish cleaning diagram

Fishing Guide and Regulations

Information on fish and fishing regulations can be found on the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife website: Fishing Resources.