Marine Biotoxin and Sanitary Contamination Closures - Pacific Region

Marine Biotoxin - Toxins that are produced by certain species of naturally occurring microscopic algae that bloom under favourable conditions. Filter-feeding bivalve shellfish accumulate the toxins when they ingest toxic algae as a food source. The consumption of toxic shellfish can lead to illness and even death. The toxins do not kill the shellfish nor cause any discernible changes in the appearance, smell or taste of shellfish that would alert consumers of toxicity. As conditions (e.g., water temperature, salinity, and nutrient levels) become less favourable, the algae bloom subsides and with time, shellfish rid themselves of toxin and are once again safe to eat.

Before harvesting shellfish check BOTH Sanitary and Marine Biotoxin Closures. If there is either a Sanitary or Biotoxin closure in the harvest area, the area is Closed to the harvest of all bivalve shellfish.

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To see a detailed map of the Area you are interested in, click on the Area number on the map or the Area map link in the table below. Check for PSP, Domoic Acid Poisoning and DSP or Sanitary contamination closures in the table below.

Pacific Region Fishery Management Areas map

Information in the table below current as of September 26, 2016

Area Marine Biotoxin Closures Sanitary contamination closures
Area 1
Map

Subarea 1-5 open to razor clams, butter clams, cockles and scallops only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
Balance of Area 1 closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 1 closures
Area 2
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Closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 2 Closures
Area 3
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Closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 3 Closures
Area 4
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Closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 4 closures
Area 5
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Closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 5 closures
Area 6
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Closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 6 closures
Area 7
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Subareas 7-1 to 7-3 and 7-31 open to geoduck and horse clams only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
Balance of Area 7 closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 7 closures
Area 8
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Closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 8 closures
Area 9
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Closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 9 closures
Area 10
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Closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 10 closures
Area 11
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Closed to all bivalve shellfish.

 
Area 12
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Closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 12 closures
Area 13
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Subareas 13-1, 13-16 and 13-17 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters and mussels only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
Subareas 13-12 to 13-14 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters, mussels and pacific scallops only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
Subarea 13-15 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters, mussels and varnish clams only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
Balance of Area 13 closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 13 closures
Area 14
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Subareas 14-1, 14-3 to 14-5, 14-9 and 14-13 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters and mussels only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
Subarea 14-7 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters, mussels and butter clams only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
Subarea 14-8 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters, mussels and varnish clams only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
Subarea 14-10 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters, mussels, geoduck and horse clams only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
Subarea 14-11 closed to scallops, geoduck and horse clams only;
Subarea 14-14 closed to butter clams, scallops, geoduck and horse clams only;
Subarea 14-15 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters, mussels, varnish clams, butter clams, scallops, geoduck and horseclams only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
Balance of Area 14 closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 14 closures
Area 15
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Subareas 15-1 to 15-3 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters and mussels only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
Subarea 15-4 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters, mussels and scallops only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
Subarea 15-5 (Closure 15-5.A) (click for map and legal description) closed to all bivalve shellfish;
Subarea 15-5 (Closure 15-5.B) (click for map and legal description) open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters, mussels and scallops only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
Subarea 15-5 (Closure 15-5.C) (click for map and legal description) open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters, mussels and scallops only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
Balance of Area 15 closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 15 closures
Area 16
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Subareas 16-1 to 16-8, 16-10, 16-11 and 16-16 to 16-21 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters and mussels only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
Subareas 16-9, 16-12 and 16-13 closed to butter clams, scallops, geoduck and horse clams only;
Subarea 16-22 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters, mussels, geoduck and horse clams only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
Balance of Area 16 closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 16 closures
Area 17
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Subareas 17-4, 17-5 and 17-17 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters, mussels and butter clams only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
Subarea 17-6 (Closure 17-6.A) (click for map and legal description) open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters and mussels only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
Subarea 17-6 (Closure 17-6.B) (click for map and legal description) open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters and mussels only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
Subareas 17-7, 17-9 to 17-15, 17-18, 17-19 and 17-21 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters and mussels only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
Subarea 17-16 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters, mussels, butter clams and cockles only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
Subarea 17-20 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters, mussels, and scallops only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
Balance of Area 17 closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 17 closures
Area 18
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Subareas 18-2, 18-3 and 18-7 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters and mussels only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
Balance of Area 18 closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 18 closures
Area 19
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Closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 19 closures
Area 20
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Subareas 20-4 and 20-5 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters and mussels only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
Subareas 20-6 and 20-7 closed to butter clams, scallops, geoduck and horse clams only;
Balance of Area 20 closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 20 closures
Area 21
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Closed to all bivalve shellfish.

 
Area 22
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Closed to all bivalve shellfish.

 
Area 23
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Subareas 23-3, 23-4, 23-6 and 23-10 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters and mussels only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
Subarea 23-5 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters, mussels, geoduck and horse clams only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
Subarea 23-8 open to geoduck and horse clams only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
Balance of Area 23 closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 23 closures
Area 24
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Subarea 24-7 open to geoduck and horse clams only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
Subarea 24-9 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters and mussels only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
Balance of Area 24 closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 24 closures
Area 25
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Subarea 25-11 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters and mussels only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
Balance of Area 25 closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 25 closures
Area 26
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Closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 26 closures
Area 27
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Closed to all bivalve shellfish

Area 27 closures
Area 28
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Closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 28 closures
Area 29
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Closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 29 closures
Area 101
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Closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 101 closures
Area 102
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Closed to all bivalve shellfish.

 
Area 103
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Closed to all bivalve shellfish.

 
Area 104
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Closed to all bivalve shellfish.

 
Area 105
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Closed to all bivalve shellfish.

 
Area 106
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Closed to all bivalve shellfish.

 
Area 107
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Closed to all bivalve shellfish.

 
Area 108
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Closed to all bivalve shellfish.

 
Area 109
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Closed to all bivalve shellfish.

 
Area 110
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Closed to all bivalve shellfish.

 
Area 111
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Closed to all bivalve shellfish.

 
Area 121
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Closed to all bivalve shellfish.

 
Area 123
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Closed to all bivalve shellfish.

 
Area 124
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Closed to all bivalve shellfish.

 
Area 125
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Closed to all bivalve shellfish.

 
Area 126
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Closed to all bivalve shellfish.

 
Area 127
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Closed to all bivalve shellfish.

 
Area 130
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Closed to all bivalve shellfish.

 
Area 142
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Closed to all bivalve shellfish.