Freshwater/land-based aquaculture licence under the Fisheries Act - Appendix III: Shellfish transfer zones

This webpage is intended for informational purposes only.

Figure 1 shows the five zones established for shellfish introductions and transfers in BC. These zones are generally delineated based on definable oceanographic and ecographic discrete areas (e.g. oceanic vs. inside waters). Consideration is also given to historical movements of shellfish in the aquaculture and commercial fisheries sectors for trade and commerce

The terms of a General Shellfish Transfer Licence (GSTL) specify the conditions under which licence holders may move shellstock within and between zones.

Only licensed shellfish growers will be free to move stock between licensed shellfish growing facilities within the same zone under the conditions of their Shellfish Aquaculture Licence as long as the receiving facilities are licensed for the species to be transferred (some exceptions apply).

Additional information and guidance on transfers of shellfish can be found at or contacting

Map of Shellfish Transfer Zones in British Columbia, 
		showing the Shellfish Transfer Zone Boundary of North and Central Coast, Haida Gwaii, 
		Queen Charlotte Strait, West Coast Vancouver Island, and Georgia Strait. Last updated 17-10-2016.
Figure 1. Map of Shellfish Transfer Zones