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Oregon closes Lane County coast to crabbing due to elevated levels of domoic acid

Crabbing gear in Charleston, Nov. 3, 2017. (SBG)

FLORENCE, Ore. - Elevated levels of domoic acid have closed the Oregon Coast in Lane County to all crabbing, the Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said Wednesday afternoon.

The order prohibits crabbing along the coast from Tahkenitch Creek, north of Winchester Bay and Reedsport; to Cape Foulweather, north of Newport.

"The closure is due to elevated levels of domoic acid," the state agencies said. "This includes crab harvested in bays and estuaries, and on beaches, docks, piers, and jetties."

Recreational crabbing in the ocean closed coast-wide on October 15.

The new closure area covers about 73 miles of Oregon Coast.

The Oregon Coast is already closed to crabbing from the north jetty of Coos Bay to the California border.

The agencies said crabbing remains open from the north jetty of Coos Bay to Tahkenitch Creek, and from north of Cape Foulweather to the Columbia River.

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

You can check on current closures by calling (800) 448-2474 or visiting the ODA shellfish closures web page.

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