Area 12 - Sanitary contamination closures

Important!

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.

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Make sure you also check for biotoxin contamination closures in this area. These additional closures may be in effect when marine biotoxins are present in the water.

Sanitary closures in Area 12 (overview map)

Permanently closed to bivalve shellfish harvest

Because of the risk of sanitary contamination, bivalve shellfish harvesting (for any purpose) is permanently closed within the following boundaries:

  1. 300 metres around industrial, municipal and sewage treatment plant outfall discharges
  2. 125 metres around a marina, ferry wharf, floating living accommodation, or any finfish net pen
If you are in an aquaculture tenure there are some exceptions to item 2
  • 25 meters around any floating living accommodation facility located within a shellfish aquaculture tenure where a zero-discharge and appropriate waste management plan is a condition of the Aquaculture Licence and is approved by the Regional Interdepartmental Committee
  • 0 meters of any finfish net pen within an aquaculture tenure where an Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture Management Plan approved by the Regional Interdepartmental Committee is in operation.
Subareas Closure dates Sanitary closure name Closure type
12-2 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 12.28 Port Hardy, East Cracoft Island Sanitary Closures (Annual)
Closed Apr 1 until further notice 12.jj Port Harvey Sanitary Closures (Temporary / Emergency)
12-3 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 12.33 West side of Forward Bay, West Cracroft Island Sanitary Closures (Annual)
12-5 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 12.14 Double Bay, Hanson Island Sanitary Closures (Annual)
12-11 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 12.17 Clam Cove, Nigei Island Sanitary Closures (Annual)
12-15 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 12.22 Shushartie Bay Sanitary Closures (Annual)
12-16 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 12.3 Beaver Harbour Sanitary Closures (Annual)
12.32 Port Hardy Airport
12.34 South of Thomas Point
12.25 Duval Island
12.27 Keogh River
12.1 Hardy Bay
12-18 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 12.16 North Side, Cormorant Island Sanitary Closures (Annual)
12-19 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 12.15 Alert Bay, Cormorant Island Sanitary Closures (Annual)
12-26 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 12.31 Maple Cove, Gilford Island Sanitary Closures (Annual)
12.26 Lagoon Cove
12-38 Closed Mar 6 until further notice 12.ii Burdwood Group Sanitary Closures (Temporary / Emergency)
12-39 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 12.2 Echo Bay, Gilford Island Sanitary Closures (Annual)
12.8 Shoal Harbour, Gilford Island
12-41 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 12.30 Dickson Island Sanitary Closures (Annual)
12.5 Hopetown Passage, Watson Island
12.21 Dixon Island
12.10 Little Nimmo Bay
12-42 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 12.6 Macgowen Bay, Drury Inlet Sanitary Closures (Annual)
12.7 Bay West of Everard Islets, Drury Inlet
12.12 Sutherland Bay, Drury Inlet

Area Descriptions

Closure Map Area Description
12.1 Hardy Bay 12.1.jpeg That portion of Hardy Bay lying inside a straight line drawn from Daphne Point on the east side of Hardy Bay to the prominent point of land just north of Scotia Bay at 50°44.83' north latitude and 127°29.68' west longitude. [NAD 83]
12.10 Little Nimmo Bay 12.10.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Little Nimmo Bay located east of a line drawn from the headland on the south side of the bay at 50° 56.30' north latitude and 126° 41.25' west longitude, thence northerly to a point on the northern shore at 50° 56.40' north latitude and 126° 41.25' west longitude. [NAD 83]
12.12 Sutherland Bay, Drury Inlet 12.12.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of the southwestern head of Sutherland Bay, Drury Inlet, located inside a line drawn from the rock shoal on the southern foreshore, thence to the rock shoal on the northern foreshore.
12.14 Double Bay, Hanson Island 12.14.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of the western bay of Double Bay, Hanson Island, lying inside a line drawn from a point on shore 200 m north of the Double Bay resort due east to an unnamed island and from the southernmost tip of the unnamed island due south to the opposite shore.
12.15 Alert Bay, Cormorant Island 12.15.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Alert Bay, Cormorant Island, inside a line drawn from the navigational light at Yellow Bluff, thence southeast to the cable crossing sign at 50°34.65' north latitude and 126°55.30' west longitude, thence eastward along the foreshore of Gordon Bluff to the end of Fir Street.
12.16 North Side, Cormorant Island 12.16.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Cormorant Island and Cormorant Channel inside a line commencing at the westernmost point of Cormorant Island at 50°35.62' north latitude and 126°57.54' west longitude thence due north to the parallel passing through 50°36.50' north latitude, thence due east to a point in water at 50°36.50' north latitude and 126°54.33' west longitude, thence due south to the foot of Fir St. on Cormorant Island at 50°34.74' north latitude and 126°54.33' west longitude. [NAD 83]
12.17 Clam Cove, Nigei Island 12.17.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of a bay locally known as Clam Cove, on Nigei Island, lying inside a line drawn from the north side at 50º52.20' north latitude and 127º40.35' west longitude thence easterly to a point on land at 50º52.15' north latitude and 127º40.29' west longitude.
12.2 Echo Bay, Gilford Island 12.2.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Echo Bay, Gilford Island, lying within 300 m of any part of the boat moorage.
12.21 Dixon Island 12.21.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of the unnamed bay on the north-easterly shore of Dickson Island, lying inside of a line drawn from a point on land at 50° 50.33' north latitude and 126° 55.58' west longitude, thence southerly to a point on land at 50° 50.22' north latitude and 126° 55.60' west longitude (NAD 83).
12.22 Shushartie Bay 12.22.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Shushartie Bay at the northern end of Vancouver Island, inside of a line drawn across the mouth of the bay from a point on land located at 50°71.70' north latitude and 127°52.28' west longitude thence southeasterly to a point on land at 50°51.29' north latitude and 127°51.32' west longitude.
12.25 Duval Island 12.25.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of the unnamed bay west of Duval Island, lying west of a line commencing from a point of land at 50° 46.28' north latitude and 127° 30.64' west longitude, thence southeasterly to a point of land on the west side of Duval Island at 50° 46.20' north latitude and 127°30.51' west longitude, and thence due south to a point on land at 50° 46.11' north latitude and 127° 30.51' west longitude. (NAD83)
12.26 Lagoon Cove 12.26.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Lagoon Cove, north of a line drawn from the southernmost point of Farquharson Island at 50° 35.57' north latitude and 126° 18.73' west longitude true east to a point of land on East Cracroft Island at 50° 35.57' north latitude and 126° 18.54' west longitude; and southeast of a line drawn from a point of land at 50° 36.07' north latitude and 126° 18.86' west longitude in a southwesterly direction to a point of land at the northern entrance to the unnamed cove on the east side of Farquharson Island at 50° 35.91' north latitude and 126° 19.18' west longitude (NAD83).
12.27 Keogh River 12.27.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore at the mouth of the Keogh River, from a fishing boundary sign west of the river mouth at 50°40.75' north latitude and 127°21.18' west longitude, thence southeasterly to a point on land east of the mouth of the river mouth at 50°40.59' north latitude and 127°20.64' west longitude.
12.28 Port Hardy, East Cracoft Island 12.28.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Port Harvey, West Cracroft Island, inside a line drawn from the point of land south of the entrance to the channel in the northwest corner of Port Harvey at 50° 34.06' north latitude and 126° 16.50' west longitude, thence southeasterly to the western-most point of Range Island at 50° 33.84' north latitude and 126° 16.29' west longitude, thence southwesterly to a point of land south of Tide Pole Islet at 50° 33.54' north latitude and 126° 16.72' west longitude.
12.3 Beaver Harbour 12.3.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Beaver Harbour, near Port Hardy, lying inside a straight line drawn from Thomas Point through Cormorant Rock to the shore of Vancouver Island, but not including the small unnamed island immediately to the south of Shell Island.
12.30 Dickson Island 12.30.jpeg The intertidal foreshore of southwestern Dickson Island inside a line drawn from a point on land at 50°50.10' north latitude and 126°56.69' west longitude, thence southeasterly to a point of land at 50°50.01' north latitude and 126°56.49' west longitude.
12.31 Maple Cove, Gilford Island 12.31.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of the eastern portion of Maple Cove, Gilford Island, shoreward of a line from a point on land at the northern side of the sandy beach at 50°40.87' north latitude and 126°27.51' west longitude, thence southerly to a point of land at the southern side of the sandy beach at 50°40.38' north latitude and 126°27.65' west longitude.
12.32 Port Hardy Airport 12.32.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore which lie within a 675 m radius of the Port Hardy airport wastewater treatment plant discharge outfall located at 50° 41.61' north latitude and 127° 22.18' west longitude which intersects the shoreline at 50° 41.60' north latitude and 127° 22.76' west longitude and again at 50° 41.25' north latitude and 127° 22.25' west longitude.
12.33 West side of Forward Bay, West Cracroft Island 12.33.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of the west side of Forward Bay on West Cracroft Island, inside a line drawn from a point on land at 50°31.27' north latitude and 126°24.42' west longitude, thence southwesterly to a point of land at 50°30.99' north latitude and 126°24.96' west longitude.
12.34 South of Thomas Point 12.34.jpeg The intertidal foreshore of Subarea 12-16 southeast of Thomas Point in Port Hardy, from a point on land at 50° 41.87' north latitude and 127° 22.85'west longitude, southeasterly to a point on land at 50° 41.60' north latitude and 127° 22.75' west longitude.
12.5 Hopetown Passage, Watson Island 12.5.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Hoy Bay, Watson Island, lying north of a line drawn from Hopetown Point on Watson Island at 50°55.21¿ north latitude and 126°50.17¿ west longitude to an unnamed point on Watson Island at 50°55.25¿ north latitude and 126°49.30¿ west longitude. [NAD83]
12.6 Macgowen Bay, Drury Inlet 12.6.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Macgowan Bay, Drury Inlet, lying inside a line drawn from a point on shore at 50° 54.82' north latitude and 127° 08.72' west longitude, thence southeasterly to 50° 54.65' north latitude and 127° 08.40' west longitude on the opposite shore [NAD 83].
12.7 Bay West of Everard Islets, Drury Inlet 12.7.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of a small unnamed bay, immediately west of the Everard Islets, Drury Inlet, lying inside a line drawn from a point on shore at 50° 53.38' north latitude and 127° 02.83' west longitude, thence easterly to a point on shore at 50° 53.36' north latitude and 127° 02.58' west longitude [NAD 83].
12.8 Shoal Harbour, Gilford Island 12.8.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Shoal Harbour, Gilford Island, lying inside a line drawn from a point on the west shore at 50° 44.59' north latitude and 126° 30.30' west longitude thence easterly to a point on shore at 50° 44.59' north latitude and 126° 30.12' west longitude [NAD 83].
12.ii Burdwood Group 12.ii.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Raleigh and Hornet Passage inside a line drawn from Notice Point at 50°47.57' north latitude and 126°31.90'west longitude, thence northeasterly to the point of land at Deep Sea Bluff at 50°49.02' north latitude and 126°30.46' west longitude, thence southeasterly to King Point at 50°47.67' north latitude and 126°26.49' west longitude, thence southwesterly to Evangeline Point at 50°46.44' north latitude and 126°28.35' west longitude, thence northwesterly back to the point of commencement. [NAD83]
12.jj Port Harvey 12.jj.jpeg Harvesting of bivalve shellfish is prohibited in the waters and intertidal foreshore of Port Harvey inside a line drawn from Harvey Point at 50°32.09' north latitude and 126°16.64'west longitude, thence due west to the point on land on West Cracroft Island at 50°32.09' north latitude and 126°18.16' west longitude, thence northeasterly following the shoreline to the point on land at 50°34.10' north latitude and 126°16.52' west longitude, thence north to the point on land on East Cracroft Island at 50°34.13' north latitude and 126°16.51' west longitude, thence following the shoreline back to the point of commencement. [NAD83].


2017-10-01 01:06:07

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Elysha Gordon
Canadian Shellfish Sanitation Program (CSSP) Coordinator