Area 16 - 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 16 (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
16-1 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 16.2 Secret Cove, Sechelt Peninsula Annual Closure
16.8 Halfmoon Bay, Sechelt Inlet
16-2 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 16.5 Churchill Bay, Francis Peninsula Annual Closure
16-4 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 16.1 Pender Harbour Annual Closure
16-5 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 16.13 Unnamed Bay E. of Four Mile Point, Sechelt Inlet Annual Closure
16.20 McLean Bay, Sechelt Inlet
16.30 Poise Island
16.6 Porpoise Bay, Sechelt Inlet
16-6 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 16.37 West side of Sechelt Inlet Annual Closure
16-8 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 16.35 A portion fo Narrows Inlet Annual Closure
16.38 Eastern shore of Narrows Inlet
16-9 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 16.24 Unnamed bay in Skookumchuck Narrows Annual Closure
16-10 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 16.34 East side of Agamemnon Channel Annual Closure
16.43 Western Agamemnon Channel
16.45 Green Bay, Nelson Island
16.47 Annis Bay, Nelson Island
16-11 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 16.19 Saltery Bay Annual Closure
16.27 North Nelson Island
16.33 West Side of Hardy Island
16.4 Thunder Bay, Jervis Inlet
16-12 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 16.28 Lena Bay Annual Closure
16.46 Southwest St. Vincent Bay
16-13 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 16.7 Vancouver Bay, Jervis Inlet Annual Closure
16-14 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 16.48 Stakawus Creek at Deserted Bay, northern Jervis Inlet Annual Closure
16-15 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 16.23 Skwawka River, Queen's Reach Annual Closure
16-16 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 16.10 Blind Bay, Nelson Island Annual Closure
16.44 Hardy Island
16.49 Hidden Basin, Nelson Island
16-17 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 16.32 Quarry Bay, Nelson Island Annual Closure
16-19 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 16.21 Long Bay on Jedediah Island Annual Closure
16.22 Home Bay, Jedediah Island
16.29 Squitty Bay, Lasquiti Island
16.36 A portion of Scottie Bay
16.42 Unnamed Bay southwest of Potter Point, Lasqueti Island
16.50 Anderson Bay, Lasqueti Island
16.9 Long Bay, Lasqueti Island
16-21 Closed Nov 20 to 16.3 Gillies Bay, Texada Island Annual Closure

Area Descriptions

Closure Map Area Description
16.1 Pender Harbour 16.1.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Pender Harbour, including Gunboat Bay and Bargain Harbour, lying east of a line drawn from the southernmost tip of the point of land between Bill Bay and Dingham Bay at 49°37.90' north latitude and 124°03.07' west longitude thence southeasterly to the red lateral buoy designated Q40, located at or near 49°37.67' north latitude and 124°02.71' west longitude, thence due south to a point on land west of Donnely Landing at 49°37.60' north latitude and 124°02.71' west longitude; and north of a line drawn from the most southeasterly point of Francis Peninsula at 49°36.36' north latitude and 124°02.22' west longitude, thence northeasterly to the closest point on the opposite shore at 49°36.50' north latitude and 124°02.06' west longitude.
16.10 Blind Bay, Nelson Island 16.10.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of the southern portion of Blind Bay on Nelson Island commencing from the overgrown landing northeast of the Clio Islands, at 49° 43.50' N latitude and 124° 10.10' W longitude, thence southwesterly along the inter-tidal foreshore to the unnamed headland at 49° 43.20' N latitude and 124° 10.44' W longitude, thence southwesterly across the entrance to Ballet Bay to an unnamed headland on the opposite side at 49° 43.06' N latitude and 124°10.96' W longitude, thence southwesterly along the inter-tidal foreshore to an unnamed point northeast of Kelly Island at 49° 42.73' N latitude and 124° 12.15' W longitude (NAD83).
16.13 Unnamed Bay E. of Four Mile Point, Sechelt Inlet 16.13.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of the small unnamed bay east of Four Mile Point, Sechelt Inlet, the western point at 49° 31.40' north latitude and 123° 46.60' west longitude, thence easterly to the foot of the boat launching ramp at 49° 31.40' north latitude and 123° 46.40' west longitude [NAD 83].
16.19 Saltery Bay 16.19.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Saltery Bay north of a line drawn across the mouth of the bay from a point of land on the west side of Saltery Bay at 49°46.73' north latitude and 124°10.85' west longitude easterly to a point of land on the east side of the bay at 49°46.75' north latitude and 124°10.25' west longitude. [NAD83]
16.2 Secret Cove, Sechelt Peninsula 16.2.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Secret Cove, Sechelt Peninsula, lying inside a line drawn from the point on the mainland nearest the northwest tip of Turnagain Island to the northwest tip of Turnagain Island, thence along the western shoreline of the island to the most southerly point on the said island, and thence southeast to the mainland opposite.
16.20 McLean Bay, Sechelt Inlet 16.20.jpeg The intertidal foreshore of McLean Bay, located in northern Porpoise Bay, Sechelt Inlet, northerly of a line drawn true west from the point on shore where an arm of Angus Creek meets the edge of the beach at 49°30.43' north latitude and 123°45.41' west longitude, thence northerly and westerly along the low tide mark to a point at the western edge of the beach at 49°30.80' north latitude and 123°45.60' west longitude.
16.21 Long Bay on Jedediah Island 16.21.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Long Bay and Boom Bay on Jedediah Island east of a line drawn from a point of land on the north side of the entrance at 49° 30.08' north latitude and 124° 12.78' west longitude thence southerly to the south side of the entrance to a point of land at 49°29.93' north latitude and 124° 12.71' west longitude. [NAD 83]
16.22 Home Bay, Jedediah Island 16.22.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Home Bay, Jedediah Island lying westerly of a line drawn from the northern entrance at 49° 30.00'North latitude and 124° 11.60'West longitude thence southerly to the north end of the small island in Home Bay at 49° 29.95' North latitude and 124° 11.60' West longitude thence southerly to the south end of the smallisland at 49° 29.80' North latitude and 124° 11.50' West longitude thence southerly to Jedediah Island at 49° 29.70' North latitude and 124° 11.50' West longitude (Nad 83).
16.23 Skwawka River, Queen's Reach 16.23.jpeg The intertidal foreshore of Queens Reach, at the head of Jervis Inlet, from a point on land south of the mouth of the Lausmann Creek at 50° 11.55' north latitude and 123° 58.75' west longitude, thence northerly to a point on land east of the mouth of the Skwawka River at 50° 12.80' north latitude and 123° 58.72' west longitude. (NAD83).
16.24 Unnamed bay in Skookumchuck Narrows 16.24.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of the small unnamed bay in Skookumchuck Narrows, Sechelt Inlet, lying east of a line drawn from the western headland at 49° 46.02' north latitude and 123° 56.20' west longitude, thence northerly to a rock outcrop on the opposite shore at 49° 46.12' north latitude and 123° 56.15' west longitude. (NAD 83).
16.27 North Nelson Island 16.27.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of northern Nelson Island lying inside of a line drawn from an unnamed point on land at 49° 46.47' north latitude and 124° 04.04' west longitude, thence westerly across the small bay to an unnamed point on land at 49° 46.46' north latitude and 124° 04.50' west longitude [NAD83].
16.28 Lena Bay 16.28.jpeg The intertidal foreshore of Lena Bay, Hotham Sound, from an unnamed point on land at 49° 55.23' north latitude and 124° 01.53' west longitude, thence southeasterly along the northern foreshore of Lena Bay to an unnamed point on land southeast of the mouth of Lena Creek at 49° 55.17' north and 124° 01.34' west longitude [NAD83].
16.29 Squitty Bay, Lasquiti Island 16.29.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Squitty Bay, at the east end of Lasqueti Island, inside a line drawn across the entrance to the bay starting from a point on the north side at 49° 27.18' north latitude and 124° 09.90' west longitude and, thence due south to a point on the south side (NAD 83)
16.3 Gillies Bay, Texada Island 16.3.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Gillies Bay, Texada Island, lying inside a line drawn from a point on land on Texada Island, southeast of the intersection of Dogwood Street and Sanderson Road at 49°40.35¿ north latitude and 124°29.44¿ west longitude, to a point on land on Texada Island south west of Gillies Bay Road at 49°40.39¿ north latitude and 124°28.41¿ west longitude.¿ [NAD83]
16.30 Poise Island 16.30.jpeg The intertidal foreshore surrounding Poise Island, located in Porpoise Bay, Sechelt Inlet. (NAD 83)
16.32 Quarry Bay, Nelson Island 16.32.jpeg The waters and inter-tidal foreshore of the middle cove in Quarry Bay, Nelson Island, northeast of a line drawn from a point on land at 49° 39.94' north latitude and 124° 07.66' west longitude, thence southeasterly to a point of land on the opposite shore at 49° 39.88' north latitude and 124° 07.61' west longitude (NAD83).
16.33 West Side of Hardy Island 16.33.jpeg The waters and inter-tidal foreshore of the small bay on the west side of Hardy Island, east of a line drawn from a point of land at 49° 44.13' north latitude and 124° 13.27' west longitude, thence northeasterly to a point of land on the opposite shore at 49° 44.25' north latitude and 124° 13.21' west longitude (NAD83).
16.34 East side of Agamemnon Channel 16.34.jpeg The waters and inter-tidal foreshore east of the unnamed islet located on the east side of Agamemnon Channel, inside a line drawn from the northernmost point of the islet at 49° 43.44' north latitude and 124° 02.15' west longitude, thence true east to a point on land on the opposite shore at 49° 43.44' north latitude and 124° 02.11' west longitude, thence southerly along the inter-tidal foreshore to a point on land at 49° 43.38' north latitude and 124° 02.16' west longitude, thence true north to the southernmost point of the islet at 49° 43.41' north latitude and 124° 02.16' west longitude (NAD83).
16.35 A portion fo Narrows Inlet 16.35.jpeg The intertidal waters of the southern foreshore of Narrows Inlet from a point on land at the western edge of the sandy beach at 49° 40.69' north latitude and 123° 48.91' west longitude, thence northeasterly to a point on land east of the mouth of an unnamed creek at 49° 40.83' north latitude and 123° 48.35' west longitude. (NAD83)
16.36 A portion of Scottie Bay 16.36.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of the southern portion of Scottie Bay south of Lindbergh Island lying inside a line that begins from a point of land on the northeastern most tip of Lindbergh Island at 49° 30.92' north latitude and 124° 20.49' west longitude thence in a due south direction to a point on land on Lasqueti Island at 49° 30.81' north latitude and 124° 20.49' west longitude, thence westerly following the shoreline on Lasqueti Island to a point on land at 49° 30.97' north latitude and 124° 20.91' west longitude, thence in a due east direction to a point of land on Lindbergh Island at 49° 30.97' north latitude and 124°20.83' west longitude, thence following the shoreline on Lindbergh Island in an easterly direction to the point of commencement. (NAD 83)
16.37 West side of Sechelt Inlet 16.37.jpeg The intertidal foreshore of western Sechelt Inlet from a point on land at the old log dump at the northern edge of the cobble beach at 49°37.56' north latitude and 123°50.66' west longitude, thence southerly for approximately 400 m to a point on land where the cobble rocks end and the larger rocks begin at 49°37.37' north latitude and 123°50.54' west longitude. (NAD 83)
16.38 Eastern shore of Narrows Inlet 16.38.jpeg The intertidal foreshore of the eastern shore of Narrows Inlet commencing from a point on land at the mouth of the unnamed creek located at 49°41.65' north latitude and 123°47.26' west longitude, thence northerly to Tzoonie Point at 49°42.13' north latitude and 123°47.25' west longitude. [NAD 83]
16.4 Thunder Bay, Jervis Inlet 16.4.jpeg The intertidal foreshore of Thunder Bay, from the headland at the entrance to Maude Cove at 49°45.83' north latitude and 124°16.03' west longitude, thence along the entire foreshore of Thunder Bay to the end of the beach at the northeast end of the bay at 49°46.51' north latitude and 124°15.83' west longitude.
16.42 Unnamed Bay southwest of Potter Point, Lasqueti Island 16.42.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of the unnamed bay southwest of Potter Point, Lasqueti Island, south of a line from Potter Point at 49°30.09' north latitude and 124°16.23' west longitude, thence due west to a point on land at 49°30.09' north latitude and 124°16.40' west longitude. [NAD 83]
16.43 Western Agamemnon Channel 16.43.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of western Agamemnon Channel, north of Green Bay, within a distance of 125 m from the outer perimeter of the floating living accommodation located at or near 49°43.28' north latitude and 124°03.23' west longitude, within the aquaculture tenure land file #2401820.
16.44 Hardy Island 16.44.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of south Hardy Island, north of a line drawn from the point of land at 49°44.46' north latitude and 124°10.23' west longitude, west of the dock, thence southeasterly to the south end of the rocky shoal at 49°44.42' north latitude and 124°10.16' west longitude, thence northeasterly to a point of land at 49°44.44' north latitude and 124°10.03' west longitude. [NAD83].
16.45 Green Bay, Nelson Island 16.45.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Green Bay, Nelson Island north of a line drawn from a point of land at 49°42.60' north latitude and 124°04.93' west longitude, thence true easterly to a point on land on the opposite shore at 49°42.60' north latitude and 124°04.75' west longitude. [NAD83].
16.46 Southwest St. Vincent Bay 16.46.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of southwest St. Vincent Bay west of a line drawn from a point of land at 49°49.32' north latitude and 124°05.59' west longitude southwesterly to a point on land at 49°48.97' north latitude and 124°06.00' west longitude. [NAD83]
16.47 Annis Bay, Nelson Island 16.47.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Annis Bay, Nelson Island, inside a line drawn from a point of land at 49°46.00' north latitude and 124°00.73' west longitude, southwesterly to a point of land on the opposite shore at 49°45.91' north latitude and 124°00.89' west longitude. [NAD83]
16.48 Stakawus Creek at Deserted Bay, northern Jervis Inlet 16.48.jpeg The intertidal foreshore adjacent to the mouth of Stakawus Creek at Deserted Bay, northern Jervis Inlet, from the northeasternmost piling at 50°04.56' north latitude and 123°46.13' west longitude southwesterly along the low water mark to a moss covered rock face at 50°04.31' north latitude and 123°46.88' west longitude located on the opposite side of the creek mouth. [NAD83]
16.49 Hidden Basin, Nelson Island 16.49.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore at the head of Hidden Basin, Nelson Island, lying north of a line drawn across the entrance to the small cove from a point on land at 49° 42.74' north latitude and 124° 10.27' west longitude, thence due east to a point on land on the opposite shore at 49° 42.74' north latitude and 124° 10.15' west longitude (NAD83).
16.5 Churchill Bay, Francis Peninsula 16.5.jpeg The intertidal foreshore of Churchill Bay, Francis Peninsula, lying within a 200 m radius of the northernmost point of the bay.
16.50 Anderson Bay, Lasqueti Island 16.50.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Anderson Bay, along the northeast end of Lasqueti Island, south of a line drawn from a point on land at 49°28.85' north latitude and 124°12.85' west longitude southeasterly to a point on land at 49°28.77' north latitude and 124°12.64' west longitude. [NAD83]
16.6 Porpoise Bay, Sechelt Inlet 16.6.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Porpoise Bay, Sechelt Inlet, extending from a point on shore at the southern boundary of Porpoise Bay Provincial Park at 49° 30.25' north latitude and 123° 45.00' west longitude thence southerly along the foreshore to the dock at 49° 29.40' north latitude and 123° 44.95' west longitude thence westerly to the headland on the opposite shore at 49° 29.45' north latitude and 123° 45.75' west longitude thence northerly along the foreshore to a point on shore at 49° 29.75' north latitude and 123° 46.05' west longitude [NAD 83].
16.7 Vancouver Bay, Jervis Inlet 16.7.jpeg The intertidal foreshore of Vancouver Bay, Jervis Inlet, inside a line drawn from the southernmost point of land on the north side of the Vancouver River at 49°55.32' north latitude and 123°52.20' west longitude, thence southwest to the mouth of the north arm of the Vancouver River at 49°55.27' north latitude and 123°52.37' west longitude, thence south along the low water mark to the dock at 49°54.85' north latitude and 123°52.15' west longitude.
16.8 Halfmoon Bay, Sechelt Inlet 16.8.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Halfmoon Bay lying inside a line drawn from the eastern tip of the unnamed island immediately east of Jeddah Point to the unnamed point in line with the south end of the Redroofs bridge.
16.9 Long Bay, Lasqueti Island 16.9.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of the unnamed bay, locally known as Long Bay, immediately east of Potter Point, Tucker Bay, Lasqueti Island.


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Elysha Gordon
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