Area 13 - 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 13 (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
13-2 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 13.3 A portion of Discovery Passage to Kuhushan Point Sanitary Closures (Annual)
13-3 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 13.24 A portion of Discovery Passage (North of Race Point to the Southern end of Quadra Island) Sanitary Closures (Annual)
13-4 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 Sanitary Closures (Annual)
13-5 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 Sanitary Closures (Annual)
13-11 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 13.19 Granite Bay Sanitary Closures (Annual)
13-12 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 13.18 Hjorth Bay, Read Island Sanitary Closures (Annual)
13-13 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 13.2 Heriot Bay, Quadra Island Sanitary Closures (Annual)
13-14 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 13.13 Marina Reef, Marina Island Sanitary Closures (Annual)
13-15 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 13.20 Gorge Harbour Sanitary Closures (Annual)
13.10 Whaletown Bay, Cortez Island
13.13 Marina Reef, Marina Island
13.27 Southwest Gorge Harbour, Cortes Island
13.28 Whaletown Bay, Cortes Island
13-16 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 13.11 Coulter Bay, Cortez Island Sanitary Closures (Annual)
13-18 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 13.23 Church House, Calm Channel Sanitary Closures (Annual)
13-23 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 13.6 Big Bay, Stuart Island Sanitary Closures (Annual)
13-24 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 13.12 Phillips Arm Sanitary Closures (Annual)
13-26 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 13.25 Hemming Bay, land file #1403484 Sanitary Closures (Annual)
13-33 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 13.7 Kelsey Bay and Salmon Bay Sanitary Closures (Annual)
13-34 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 Sanitary Closures (Annual)
13-36 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 13.15 Bessborough Bay Sanitary Closures (Annual)
13-37 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 13.17 Topaze Harbour Head Sanitary Closures (Annual)
13.16 Jackson Bay, Topaze Harbour
13-38 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 13.9 Forward Harbour Sanitary Closures (Annual)
13-42 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 13.8 Grassy Creek, Loughborough Inlet Sanitary Closures (Annual)
13.14 Gray Creek, Loughborough Inlet

Area Descriptions

Closure Map Area Description
13.10 Whaletown Bay, Cortez Island 13.10.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore at the head of Whaletown Bay, Cortes Island lying east of a line drawn from a point of land on the north shore located at 50°06.59' north latitude and 125°02.90'west longitude thence southerly to a point of land on the opposite shore located at 50°06.55'north latitude and 125°02.90' west longitude.[NAD 83]
13.11 Coulter Bay, Cortez Island 13.11.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Coulter Bay, Cortes Island, lying inside a line drawn from the northeastern point of the unnamed island in the bay due east to the nearest point of land and from the northwestern side of the unnamed island southwest to the nearest point of land.
13.12 Phillips Arm 13.12.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Phillips Arm, inside a line drawn from Bullveke Point on the western shore of Phillips Arm, thence southeasterly to Richard Point on the eastern shore of Phillips Arm.
13.13 Marina Reef, Marina Island 13.13.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Marina Reef, at the south end of Marina Island, lying within a radius of 800 m of the red buoy designated Q16 located at 50°1.95' north latitude and 125°3.40' west longitude.[NAD 27]
13.14 Gray Creek, Loughborough Inlet 13.14.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore around Gray Creek, Loughbourough Inlet, lying inside a line north of Gray Creek drawn from 50° 32.45' north latitude and 125° 31.80' west longitude thence southerly to the east end of a small islet at 50° 32.21' north latitude and 125° 32.05' west longitude thence easterly to a point on land at 50° 32.02' north latitude and 125° 31.90' west longitude.
13.15 Bessborough Bay 13.15.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of a small bay at the north end of Bessborough Bay lying inside a line drawn from the north of the entrance of the bay at 50º29.42' north latitude and 125º46.64' west longitude and thence southeasterly to a point on land at 50º29.25' north latitude and 125º46.42' west longitude.
13.16 Jackson Bay, Topaze Harbour 13.16.jpeg The intertidal foreshore of Jackson Bay, in northwestern Topaze Harbour between Neale Point and Molesworth Point.
13.17 Topaze Harbour Head 13.17.jpeg All of the intertidal foreshore of the easternmost head of Topaze Harbour between Haswell Point and a point on land easterly of Hill Pont at 50° 31.10' north latitude and 125° 44.35' west longitude. (NAD 83).
13.18 Hjorth Bay, Read Island 13.18.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Hjorth Bay, Read Island lying east of a line drawn from the northern end of the bay at 50° 10.90' north latitude and 125° 07.38' west longitude, thence southerly then southeasterly along the low water mark to a point on the southeastern shore at 50° 10.72' north latitude and 125° 07.30' west longitude. (NAD 83).
13.19 Granite Bay 13.19.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of eastern Granite Bay, Quadra Island east of a line drawn from a point of land west of a private dock at 50° 14.42' north latitude and 125° 18.68' west longitude, thence in a true north direction to a point on land on the opposite shore at 50° 14.50' north latitude and 125° 18.68' west longitude (NAD83).
13.2 Heriot Bay, Quadra Island 13.2.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Heriot Bay, Quadra Island, lying within 250 m of the government float and the ferry wharf.
13.20 Gorge Harbour 13.20.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of an unnamed cove in eastern Gorge Harbour, Cortes Island, south of a line drawn from a point on land at 50°05.75' north latitude and 124°58.95' west longitude, thence in a straight line northwesterly to the most northerly point of land on the opposite shore at 50°05.80' north latitude and 124°59.05' west longitude.
13.23 Church House, Calm Channel 13.23.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of the unnamed cove fronting the Church House Indian Reserve located on Calm Channel, east of a line drawn from the unnamed point of land at 50° 20.12' north latitude and 125°04.71' west longitude, thence in a southerly direction to a point of land at the log dump at 50° 19.91' north latitude and 125° 04.66' west longitude (NAD83).
13.24 A portion of Discovery Passage (North of Race Point to the Southern end of Quadra Island) 13.24.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Discovery Passage south of a line drawn between a point on land on Vancouver Island at 50° 06.87' north latitude and 125° 20.58' west longitude, thence northeasterly to a point on land on Quadra Island at 50° 07.71' north latitude and 125° 18.52' west longitude, and north of a line following the southern Campbell River Harbour limit from a point on land on Vancouver Island at 49° 59.69' north latitude and 125° 13.71' west longitude, thence easterly to a point on land on Quadra Island at 49° 59.72' north latitude and 125° 11.17' west longitude.
13.25 Hemming Bay, land file #1403484 13.25.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Hemming Bay, on East Thurlow Island, within a distance of 125 meters from the outer perimeter of the floating living accommodation located at or near 50° 23.70' north latitude and 125° 22.36' west longitude, within aquaculture tenure land file #1403484.
13.27 Southwest Gorge Harbour, Cortes Island 13.27.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of southwest Gorge Harbour, Cortes Island lying southwest of a line drawn from a point on land at the northern edge of a shoal at 50°05.73' north latitude and 125°01.50' west longitude, thence southeasterly to a point on land at the eastern end of a shoal at 50°05.58' north latitude and 125°01.31' west longitude.
13.28 Whaletown Bay, Cortes Island 13.28.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of southern Whaletown Bay, Cortes Island, south of a line drawn from a point of land at 50°06.46' north latitude and 125°03.07' west longitude located south of the dock, easterly to a rock pile at 50°06.47' north latitude and 125°02.96' west longitude south of the large moss covered rock on the opposite shore.
13.3 A portion of Discovery Passage to Kuhushan Point 13.3.jpeg The intertidal foreshore of southern Discovery Passage, from the southern Campbell River Harbour limit, located at 49°59.69' north latitude and 125°13.71' west longitude, thence southeasterly to the spit located west of Kuhushan Point at 49°53.92' north latitude and 125°09.11' west longitude.
13.6 Big Bay, Stuart Island 13.6.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Big Bay, Stuart Island lying inside a straight line drawn from Hesler Point to Whirlpool Point.
13.7 Kelsey Bay and Salmon Bay 13.7.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Kelsey Bay and Salmon Bay lying inside a straight line drawn from the northern headland of Brasseau Bay through the Peterson Islet navigation beacon to a point on Vancouver Island.
13.8 Grassy Creek, Loughborough Inlet 13.8.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Loughborough Inlet lying inside a line drawn between the two headlands of the unnamed bay at the mouth of Grassy Creek.
13.9 Forward Harbour 13.9.jpeg All of the intertidal foreshore of the head of Forward Harbour between a point on land east of Blanche Point at 50°29.45' north latitude and 125°42.45' west longitude and a point on land east of Cust Point at 50°29.12' north latitude and 125°42.10' west longitude.


2017-10-01 01:12:54

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Elysha Gordon
Canadian Shellfish Sanitation Program (CSSP) Coordinator