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Based on recent domoic acid test results, there is a new open area around Newport, and a slight shift of the boundaries.

The annual conservation closure will close Clatsop County beaches to razor clamming from July 15 to Sept. 30.

Crabbing & Clamming

Purple varnish clams were recently introduced to Oregon, most likely from ballast waters from Asia.

Features: The purple varnish clam is named for the purple hue found inside the clam and the shiny varnish over the brown color outside the shell. It is oval in shape and is relatively flat. 

Habitat: These clams can be found in cobble to muddy substrate. 

Technique: Purple varnish clams are found in very high densities. Limits were recently increased and separated to allow increased harvest of these clams. Be sure to check biotoxin safety closures before harvesting these clams by going to ODA’s website or by calling the shellfish harvest hotline 1-800-448-2474.