The worm's appearance can alarm harvesters but they are not harmful to the clam or the consumer. This toxin occurs naturally and is not new to the West Coast. Our understanding of how it interacts with marine organisms is still developing and the focus of ongoing research.
Seasonal closures July 15 to September 30 on Clatsop beaches are in place to protect juvenile clams, which are most vulnerable at those times. No, since the toxin is a chemical it cannot be cooked out like the bacteria found in other meats. Razor clams store this microscopic toxin in many fleshy places within their bodies so physical removal is impossible. The majority of sport and commercial razor clam catch in Oregon are 2-year-olds. Check the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife razor clam website. Here is the application pdf. A recreational shellfish license is still required.
Oregon estuaries are rich with many species of clams, although only a few of these species are commonly harvested.
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