Area 14 - 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 14 (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
14-1 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 14.10 Parksville Bay - Englishman River to French Creek Annual Closure
14.29 Northwest Bay
14.9 Wall Beach
14-3 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 14.13 Boat Cove, Lasqueti Island Annual Closure
14.17 False Bay, Lasqueti Island
14-4 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 14.16 Mouth of Little Qualicum River Annual Closure
14.31 Qualicum Beach
14-5 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 14.30 Qualicum River Estuary Annual Closure
14-8 Closed Apr 1 until further notice 14.22B Baynes Sound Management Plan Closure - this area is closed when rainfall in the area has exceeded 40 mm over a 24 hr period Temporary Emergency Closure
Closed Jan 22 until further notice 14.22A Baynes Sound Management Plan Closure - this area is closed when rainfall in the area has exceeded 35 mm over a 24 hour period Temporary Emergency Closure
Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 14.12 Mud Bay, Baynes Sound Annual Closure
14.2 Deep Bay, Baynes Sound
14.32 A portion of Fanny Bay, Baynes Sound
14.33 A portion of Fanny Bay, Baynes Sound
14-9 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 14.1 Comox Harbour Annual Closure
14-10 Closed Apr 1 until further notice 14.jj Point in water near Komas Bluff, Northwest of Hornby Island Temporary Emergency Closure
14-11 Closed Jan 22 until further notice 14.22A Baynes Sound Management Plan Closure - this area is closed when rainfall in the area has exceeded 35 mm over a 24 hour period Temporary Emergency Closure
Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 14.1 Comox Harbour Annual Closure
14.28 Union Bay Industries, Log Dump, NW of Union Point
14-12 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 14.1 Comox Harbour Annual Closure
14.27 Comox
14-13 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 14.21 Kitty Coleman Beach to Little River Annual Closure
14.27 Comox
14.8 Elma Bay
14-14 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 14.1 Comox Harbour Annual Closure
14-15 Closed Jan 22 until further notice 14.22A Baynes Sound Management Plan Closure - this area is closed when rainfall in the area has exceeded 35 mm over a 24 hour period Temporary Emergency Closure
Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 14.3 Union Bay, Baynes Sound Annual Closure

Area Descriptions

Closure Map Area Description
14.1 Comox Harbour 14.1.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Comox Harbour lying inside a line drawn from the point on land at the range markers at 49°37.40' north latitude and 124°54.51' west longitude, south of Gartley Point, thence seaward northeasterly to a point in water at 49°37.55' north latitude and 124°54.30' west longitude, thence due north towards the road entrance gate to HMCS Quadra on Goose Spit to a point in water at 49°39.63' north latitude and 124°54.30' west longitude, thence extending northeasterly along the low water mark to the first prominent point of land at the south end of Cape Lazo at 49°42.05' north latitude and 124°51.59' west longitude.[NAD 83]
14.10 Parksville Bay - Englishman River to French Creek 14.10.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of the Englishman River and Parksville Bay to French Creek, starting at a point east of the Englishman River mouth at the Rathtrevor Provincial Park northwest boundary at 49° 19.60' north latitude and 124° 16.40' west longitude, thence westerly through Parksville Bay to the French Creek marina quick-flashing red beacon [NAD 83].
14.12 Mud Bay, Baynes Sound 14.12.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Mud Bay lying inside of a line drawn from a point on land from the western shore of Mud Bay at 49°27.97' north latitude and 124°47.61' west longitude thence easterly to a point on the western end of the peninsula of land at 49°27.96' north latitude and 124°47.28' west longitude thence following the southern shoreline highwater mark back to the point of commencement. [NAD 83]
14.13 Boat Cove, Lasqueti Island 14.13.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore which lie within a 50 metre radius of the mouth of the creek at the head of Boat Cove, Lasqueti Island.
14.16 Mouth of Little Qualicum River 14.16.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore at the mouth of the Little Qualicum River, starting at the tip of the spit at 49°21.98' north latitude and 124°29.96' west longitude thence northwesterly to the low water mark at 49°22.20' north latitude and 124°30.29' west longitude, thence westerly in a straight line to a point of land at 49°22.40' north latitude and 124°31.56' west longitude.
14.17 False Bay, Lasqueti Island 14.17.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of the small bay northeast of Higgins Island in False Bay, Lasqueti Island, commencing from the point of land at 49°29.99' north latitude and 124°21.45' west longitude, thence southward to the southeast tip of the small island in the bay, thence eastward to the point of land at 49°29.90' north latitude and 124°21.57' west longitude.[NAD 83]
14.2 Deep Bay, Baynes Sound 14.2.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore lying inside a line drawn from a point on land in Deep Bay at 49° 27.77' north latitude and 124° 43.62' west longitude thence northwesterly to Mapleguard Point at 49° 27.95' north latitude and 124° 44.10' west longitude, including a 125 meter closure around the most southerly finger on the government wharf (NAD 27).
14.21 Kitty Coleman Beach to Little River 14.21.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore from the boat ramp at Kitty Coleman Beach Provincial Park at 49°47.45' north latitude and 124°59.60' west longitude to the peninsula at the mouth of Little River at 49°44.55' north latitude and 124°55.35' west longitude.
14.22A Baynes Sound Management Plan Closure - this area is closed when rainfall in the area has exceeded 35 mm over a 24 hour period 14.22A.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Baynes Sound in Area 14 inside a line commencing at a point on the Vancouver Island shore at the range marker located at the end of Amber Way Road at 49°37.40' north latitude and 124°54.51' west longitude, thence northeasterly to a point in water at 49°37.72' north latitude and 124°54.07' west longitude, thence southeasterly to a point in water at 49°36.01' north latitude and 124°52.72' west longitude, thence southeasterly to a point in water mid-channel at 49°33.31' north latitude and 124°51.72' west longitude (off Denman Point), thence southeasterly to a point in water off Base Flat at 49°31.54' north latitude and 124°49.71' west longitude, thence southwesterly to a point on land at 49°31.34' north latitude and 124°50.25' west longitude excluding all contamination closures. [NAD 83].
14.22B Baynes Sound Management Plan Closure - this area is closed when rainfall in the area has exceeded 40 mm over a 24 hr period 14.22B.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Baynes Sound from a northern boundary starting at Base Flats at a position 49°31.34' north latitude and 124°50.25' west longitude extending northeasterly to 49°31.54' north latitude and 124°49.71' west longitude thence southeasterly to a position at 49°30.71' north latitude and 124°47.97' west longitude thence southwesterly to a position 49°30.34' north latitude and 124°48.40' west longitude at Ship Point
14.27 Comox 14.27.jpeg Those portions of Subareas 14-12 and 14-13 inside a line drawn from a point in the water at 49°42.39' north latitude and 124°49.96' west longitude, thence northeasterly to a point in the water at 49°42.59' north latitude and 124°49.32' west longitude, thence southeasterly to a point in the water at 49°41.94' north latitude and 124°48.86' west longitude, thence southwesterly to a point in the water at 49°41.73' north latitude and 124°49.51' west longitude, thence northwesterly back to the point of commencement.
14.28 Union Bay Industries, Log Dump, NW of Union Point 14.28.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore within a 400 m radius of a point on land at the log dump located on the east shore of Vancouver Island at 49º36.11' north latitude and 124º53.47' west longitude, north of Union Point. The northwestern boundary is a point on land at 49°36.25' north latitude and 124°53.72' west longitude and the southeastern boundary is a point on land at 49°35.90' north latitude and 124°53.42' west longitude.
14.29 Northwest Bay 14.29.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Northwest Bay lying south of a line drawn from a point of land on the west side of the entrance at 49º18.09' north latitude and 124º12.77' west longitude thence northeasterly to the east side of the entrance to a point of land at 49°18.40' north latitude and 124°12.35' west longitude.
14.3 Union Bay, Baynes Sound 14.3.jpeg The intertidal foreshore of Union Bay, Baynes Sound lying west of a line drawn from a point of land on the southern headland of Union Bay at 49°35.13' north latitude and 124°53.01' west longitude southerly to the foot of Tipton Road at 49°34.32' north latitude and 124°52.75' west longitude.[NAD 83]
14.30 Qualicum River Estuary 14.30.jpeg The intertidal foreshore of the Qualicum River Estuary from a point on land at 49° 24.10' north latitude and 124° 36.76' west longitude, thence southeasterly following the intertidal boundary to a point on land at 49° 23.70' north latitude and 124° 36.26' west longitude.[NAD 83]
14.31 Qualicum Beach 14.31.jpeg The intertidal foreshore of Qualicum Beach from a point on land at 49° 21.59' north latitude and 124° 28.26' west longitude 400 m northwest of the mouth of Grandon Creek following the intertidal boundary easterly to a point on land at 49° 21.62' north latitude and 124° 25.24' west longitude, 300 m east of the Hall Road Pump Station. (NAD 83)
14.32 A portion of Fanny Bay, Baynes Sound 14.32.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Fanny Bay south of a line drawn from a point on land within the Fanny Bay Conservation Area at 49°30.08' north latitude and 124°48.52' west longitude, southerly of Ship Point, thence due west to a point on land at 49°30.08' north latitude and 124°49.18' west longitude. [NAD 83]
14.33 A portion of Fanny Bay, Baynes Sound 14.33.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Fanny Bay lying inside a line drawn from a point on land, 125 m south of the Fanny Bay Public Wharf at 49°30.37' north latitude and 124°49.65' west longitude, thence seaward northeasterly to a point in water at 49°30.44' north latitude and 124°49.44' west longitude, thence northwesterly to a point on land at 49°30.94' north latitude and 124°49.99' west longitude thence southerly following the shoreline along the high water mark to the point of commencement. [NAD 83]
14.8 Elma Bay 14.8.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Elma Bay, from the north side of Oyster River at a point at 49° 52.35' north latitude and 125° 06.90' west longitude to the south end of Elma Beach at a point at 49° 50.40' north latitude and 125° 03.80' west longitude [NAD 27].
14.9 Wall Beach 14.9.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Wall Beach, lying inside a line drawn from a point on the west shore at 49°18.12' north latitude and 124°13.33' west longitude thence easterly to a point on the shore at 49°18.22' north latitude and 124°13.08' west longitude [NAD 83].
14.jj Point in water near Komas Bluff, Northwest of Hornby Island 14.jj.jpeg The waters inside a 125 meter radius centered from a point in water in Subarea 14-10 located at 49° 35.387' north latitude and 124° 47.662' west longitude, the last known location of a wreck near Komas Bluff. (NAD 83).


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Elysha Gordon
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