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Clamming & Crabbing on the Oregon Coast

Oregon State Parks have very strict rules. Check the regulations of the individual beach you are visiting. Any specific rules for that beach will be posted at its entrance.

A 24-hour hotline is available for paralytic shellfish poisoning reports at (503) 986-4728.

For up to date information contact Marine Resource Program – 3406 Cherry Avenue N.E., Salem, OR 97303, or call 503-947-6000 or 800-720-6339 or visit their website:  www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP/

Some General Guidelines:

Most marine zones (consisting of the Pacific Ocean, coastal bays and beaches) are open year round, 24 hours a day except as special regulation apply. The ocean is closed for Dungeness crab Aug.15- Nov. 30. No taking is allowed for Oysters.

There is a small fee to harvest non-commercial shellfish and marine invertebrates; check the local bait and tackle shops or marinas for more information. Regulations are subject to change each year, be sure to consult the Shellfish Section/Marine Zone of the current Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations for seasons, limits and open areas. Regulation books are available free of charge where angling and hunting licenses are sold.


Digging for Razor Clams on the Oregon Coast
Fishing Reports

 RazorClamRazor clams (Silqua patula) are found throughout Oregon's ocean beaches. Clatsop beaches (Columbia River to Seaside) have the most stable populations (because of beach stability), 95 percent of Oregon's razor clam digging occurs here. Other area's such as, Agate Beach, Waldport Beach, Whiskey Run, Myers Creek, and other beaches along the coast also have razor clam populations, but tend to be less available.

Digging razor clams is a challenging and fun recreational pastime with delicious rewards.

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How to Catch Crab on the Oregon Coast
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crabKIDS UNDER 14 DO NOT NEED A LICENSE.

People 14 and older require a shellfish license for crabbing. Resident annual licenses and nonresident 3-day licenses are available at local ODFW offices and at many sporting goods or hardware stores. Please review the Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations for all regulations before you head out.

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Portion of Oregon coast reopened to razor clam harvesting
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07/30/2010 The Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife have reopened a portion of the coast to recreational razor clam harvesting, from Tillamook Head south to Cascade Head. Shellfish samples taken from the area indicate levels of the marine toxin domoic acid have dropped below the alert level.

Recreational razor clamming remains closed on the Oregon coast from Tillamook Head north to the mouth of the Columbia River and from Cascade Head south to Bandon.

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Family Friendly Clamming Workshop at Fort Stevens State Park
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clammingWorkshpoThe Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife invites you to come play in nature's largest sandbox during its Family Clamming Workshop.

This family friendly workshop will teach you what you need to know to be successful at digging razor clams on Oregon beaches.

Don't miss the chance to learn how to dig clams and to go home with freshly cleaned clams and some tantalizing recipe's to cook them with. Join ODFW and the Oregon Parks and Recreation for this adventure on the beach.

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North Oregon Coast Abounds With Family Fishing and Clamming Fun
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By David Johnson

KidsClamming1Starting in May and really ramping up for Memorial Day and lasting into early July the N Oregon coast is absolutely loaded with family fishing opportunities.

Our bays and estuaries are loaded with shellfish. Clamming is an excellent way to break young ones into outdoor sports. What little kid wouldn't have fun digging in sand and mud?

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