The Oregon Department of Agriculture and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife have extended the closure of recreational and commercial crabbing due to elevated levels of domoic acid.
The closure area is from the north jetty of Coos Bay, including the Coos Bay estuary, to the California border. The closure includes crab harvested in bays and estuaries, and on beaches, docks, piers and jetties, according to an ODFW news release.
The recreational crabbing season in the ocean closed coastwide Oct. 15.
Crab harvesting from the north jetty of Coos Bay to the Columbia River remains open in bays and estuaries, and on beaches, docks, piers and jetties.
Despite the closure, crab and shellfish products sold in retail markets and restaurants remain safe for consumers, the release said.
For more information, call ODA's shellfish hotline at 800-448-2474 or see the ODA shellfish closures web page at www.oregon.gov/ODA/programs/FoodSafety/Shellfish/Pages/ShellfishClosures.aspx