Mussel harvest closed on south Ore. coast

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Associated Press

Posted on October 25, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 25 at 2:19 PM

COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) — State officials have halted recreational mussel harvesting along the southern Oregon coast from Cape Arago (AY-ruh-goh) to the California border.

The Oregon Department of Agriculture cites elevated levels of paralytic shellfish toxins.

The World newspaper in Coos Bay reports (http://bit.ly/RL4wfp ) the closure includes mussels found on beaches, rocks, jetties and bay entrances in that section of the coast.

State officials say they test for shellfish toxins weekly, as tides permit. Reopening of an area requires two consecutive tests in the safe range.

Cape Arago is just south of Coos Bay. Recreational mussel harvesting north of the cape and all other recreational shellfish harvesting remains open.

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Information from: The World, http://www.theworldlink.com

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