Shellfish toxin found, mussel season called off in S. Oregon

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The South Oregon Coast has been closed to mussel harvesting after shellfish were discovered with toxins that could be deadly.

The discovery of paralytic shellfish poisoning forced the closure of recreational mussel harvesting from Cape Arago in Coos County to the California border.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife recommends avoiding whole scallops, but says crabs are unaffected and remain safe to eat.

Shellfish toxins are produced by algae and usually form in the ocean. The Oregon Department of Agriculture will test for shellfish toxins weekly.

After two safe tests, the area could be reopened.

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