- Associated Press - Monday, May 25, 2015

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Oregon officials are extending limits on recreational mussel gathering after they detected elevated levels of paralytic shellfish toxins.

Mussel harvest is now prohibited along almost the entire Oregon coast, from the Columbia River to the north jetty of the Rogue River near Gold Beach.

Earlier this month, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife prohibited mussel harvest through a smaller section of the coast.

The prohibition applies to all beaches, rocks, jetties and bay entrances.

The Salem Statesman Journal reports (https://stjr.nl/1IVSHSg ) that recreational harvest remains open from Gold Beach south to the California border.

Officials say commercial shellfish remain safe for consumers. Samples taken from commercial markets show no biotoxins.

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Information from: Statesman Journal, https://www.statesmanjournal.com

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