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Ocean Outlook

BROOKINGS - A small-craft advisory is in effect until Friday afternoon because of hazardous sea conditions. Near-shore ocean swells are forecast to drop to 7 feet by Sunday. Until then, look for little bottomfishing opportunities if you value retaining your breakfast.

GOLD BEACH - Bad weather has made for zero ocean fishing activity this week. Once heavy surf subsides, it generally takes at least two days of calm surf for surfperch to move into casting range.

PORT ORFORD - Ocean fishing was not doable amid high waves and wind.

COOS BAY - Crabbing has slowed as higher freshwater content in the bay pushes the Dungeness toward the ocean. Heavy surf made the first weekend of ocean crabbing a bust, and it will remain poor until this week's series of storms subside.

WINCHESTER BAY - Crabbing has slowed during the recent freshet in the estuary, but look for crabbing to pick up by the weekend if no new rains occur. Sturgeon fishing has improved amid the muddy estuary waters.

SOUTH COAST BEACHES - South coast beaches are open for clam and mussel harvest, but effort is light because of rough conditions. Check for updated health advisories by calling the Oregon Department of Agriculture's shellfish line at 1-800-448-2474.

NORTH COAST - Shellfish harvest remains open from Siletz Bay to the California border. Good minus tides through Tuesday should make clamming excellent, but watch for rip tides and dangerous sneaker waves that can be prevalent during intense tidal conditions. The daily limit for razor clams is the first 15 taken regardless of size or condition.

Beaches north of Siletz Bay remain closed because of high levels of the Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) toxin. The closure prohibits harvesting of clams and mussels on beaches, rocks, jetties and entrance to bays.

More information on Oregon's razor clams, including tips on how to dig razor clams, is available at www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP/shellfish/razorclams/index.asp.