Area 23, 123 - Marine biotoxin contamination
Eating contaminated shellfish can make you very sick. It can even be life threatening. Cooking shellfish does not destroy all biotoxins.
The shellfish you harvest and eat should always come from an open area. When an area is officially “closed,” it is both illegal and unsafe to harvest shellfish from that area. It is your responsibility to know where you are planning to harvest and to find out if the species you wish to harvest is open in that area.
If the species you wish to harvest is listed as open in the table below, make sure you also check for Sanitary Contamination Closures in this area. These additional closure areas may be in effect when bacteria and viruses are present in the water.
|Subareas||Open Bivalve Species|
|23-1||Closed to All Bivalve Species|
|23-2||Closed to All Bivalve Species|
|23-3||Littleneck Clam;Manila Clam;Mussels;Oysters|
|23-4||Littleneck Clam;Manila Clam;Mussels;Oysters|
|23-5||Littleneck Clam;Manila Clam;Mussels;Oysters|
|23-7||Closed to All Bivalve Species|
|23-8||Closed to All Bivalve Species|
|23-9||Closed to All Bivalve Species|
|23-10||Closed to All Bivalve Species|
|23-11||Closed to All Bivalve Species|
|123||Closed to All Bivalve Species|
|23-6.A||23-6.A.jpeg||Subarea 23-6 except that portion northeast of a line drawn from a point of land at 48°58.47' north latitude and 125°04.92' west longitude to a point of land at 48°58.61' north latitude and 125°05.05' west longitude, known as Useless Inlet.|
|23-6.B||23-6.B.jpeg||That portion of Subarea 23-6 northeast of a line drawn from a point of land at 48°58.47' north latitude and 125°04.92' west longitude to a point of land at 48°58.61' north latitude and 125°05.05' west longitude, known as Useless Inlet|
Canadian Shellfish Sanitation Program (CSSP) Coordinator
- By phone: 250-756-7192
- By email: Elysha.Gordon@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
- By fax: 250-756-7162
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