Area 17 - 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 17 (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
17-2 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 17.10 Walker Hook, Saltspring Island Annual Closure
17.13 Malaview Estates sewage outfall, Saltspring Island
17.32 Conover Cove, Wallace Islands
17.34 Montague Harbour, Galiano Island
17.37 McFadden Creek, Saltspring Island
17.8 Montague Harbour, Galiano Island
17-4 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 17.29 An unnamed bay E. side of Vancouver Is.Stuart Ch. Annual Closure
17.35 Boat Harbour
17-6 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 17.12 Clam Bay and Telegraph Harbour Annual Closure
17.22 Porter Creek, Stuart Channel
17.23 Unnamed Bay Northwest Side of Saltspring Island
17.24 Stone Cutters Bay, Saltspring Island
17.26 Southey Bay, Saltspring Island
17.3 Chemainus Bay to Shoal Islands
17.33 Preedy Harbour
17.36 Clifcoe Road, Saltair
17-7 Closed Aug 25 to 17.1 Ladysmith Harbour Annual Closure
17-8 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 17.12 Clam Bay and Telegraph Harbour Annual Closure
17-9 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 17.19 Duck Bay, Saltspring Island Annual Closure
17.20 Vesuvius Bay, Saltspring Island
17.21 Booth Bay, Saltspring Island
17.3 Chemainus Bay to Shoal Islands
17-10 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 17.7 Silva Bay, Gabriola Island Annual Closure
17-12 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 17.16 Taylor Bay, Gabriola Island Annual Closure
17.30 Winchelsea Islands
17.38 Clark Bay
17.41 Hammond Bay
17-13 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 17.17 South Side of Descanso Bay, Gabriola Island Annual Closure
17.25 North Side of Descanso Bay, Gabriola Island
17.5 Departure Bay
17-14 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 17.4 Nanaimo Harbour Annual Closure
17-15 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 17.40 Northumberland Channel, Duke Point Wastewater Treatment Plant Annual Closure
17-16 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 17.40 Northumberland Channel, Duke Point Wastewater Treatment Plant Annual Closure
17.9 Shaw Road west, Gabriola Island
17-17 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 17.6 Degnen Bay, Gabriola Island Annual Closure
17.9 Shaw Road west, Gabriola Island
17-18 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 17.18 Lantzville Annual Closure
17.30 Winchelsea Islands
17.31 Ada Islands
17.39 Schooner Cove, Nanoose Wastewater Treatment Plant
17.41 Hammond Bay
17.44 Southeast of Icarus Point to west of Neck Point
17-19 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 17.27 Nanoose Harbour, Knarston Creek Annual Closure
17-20 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 17.11 Nanoose Harbour at Ted's Road Annual Closure
17.43 South side of Nanoose Bay, near Rumming Road
17-21 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 17.41 Hammond Bay Annual Closure

Area Descriptions

Closure Map Area Description
17.1 Ladysmith Harbour 17.1.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Ladysmith Harbour lying inside a line drawn from Sharpe Point at 48°58.881' north latitude and 123°46.104' west longitude, thence southeasterly to a point southeast of Boulder Point at the foot of South Oyster School Road at 48°57.49' north latitude and 123°45.35' west longitude. [NAD 83]
17.10 Walker Hook, Saltspring Island 17.10.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Walker Hook, Saltspring Island, lying inside a line drawn from the western tip of Walker Hook, thence due south to a point at 48°53.62' north latitude and 123°30.17' west longitude. [NAD 27]
17.11 Nanoose Harbour at Ted's Road 17.11.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore in the unnamed bay on the northwest side of Nanoose Harbour, northerly of a straight line commencing at the white boundary sign located on the foreshore approximately 30 m southwest of the foot of Ted's Road at 49°16.30' north latitude and 124°10.39' west longitude, thence easterly across the unnamed bay to a point on the shore of the unnamed bay at 49°16.32' north latitude and 124°10.14' west longitude.[NAD 83]
17.12 Clam Bay and Telegraph Harbour 17.12.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Clam Bay and Telegraph Harbour, including the boat passage between Thetis Island and Kuper Island, west of a line drawn from a point on land on Kuper Island near the entrance to The Cut at 48°59.01' north latitude and 123°39.32' west longitude, thence northeasterly to the southernmost point of Leech Island at 48°59.47' north latitude and 123°38.88' west longitude, thence following the western shoreline of Leech Island to the northernmost point of Leech Island at 48°59.58' north latitude and 123°39.00' west longitude, thence westerly to a point on land on Thetis Island at 48°59.56' north latitude and 123°39.23' west longitude; and east of a line drawn from Foster Point on Thetis Island at 48°58.17' north latitude and 123°40.11' west longitude, to the Kuper Island public wharf where it touches land at 48°58.21' north latitude and 123°39.54' west longitude.
17.13 Malaview Estates sewage outfall, Saltspring Island 17.13.jpeg The intertidal foreshore of Saltspring Island lying 1500 m northwest and 500 m southeast of the Malaview Estates sewage treatment plant outfall sign, southeast of Fernwood Point.
17.16 Taylor Bay, Gabriola Island 17.16.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Taylor Bay, Gabriola Island, lying within a 400 m radius of the most northeastern point of Taylor Bay.
17.17 South Side of Descanso Bay, Gabriola Island 17.17.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Descanso Bay, Gabriola Island, lying within a 70 m radius of the culvert entering the southern end of the bay.
17.18 Lantzville 17.18.jpeg The intertidal foreshore of Lantzville, from Peterson Road eastward to a point 50 m east of the boat ramp at the Shoregrove Resort.
17.19 Duck Bay, Saltspring Island 17.19.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Duck Bay, Saltspring Island, lying inside, that is eastward, of a line drawn due north from the first headland on the south side of Dock Point to the opposite shore.
17.20 Vesuvius Bay, Saltspring Island 17.20.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of the northern shore of Vesuvius Bay, Saltspring Island, from a point on the shore 150 m north of the ferry slip to a point on the shore 500 m southeast of the ferry terminal.
17.21 Booth Bay, Saltspring Island 17.21.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Booth Bay and Booth Inlet (also known as Booth Lagoon) and adjacent area, beginning at a point on land at the north end of Booth Bay at 48° 52.34' north latitude and 123° 33.62' west longitude thence southerly to a point of land at 48° 51.44 north latitude and 123° 33.75 west longitude. (NAD 83).
17.22 Porter Creek, Stuart Channel 17.22.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore lying within a 400 m radius of the mouth of Porter Creek, Stuart Channel.
17.23 Unnamed Bay Northwest Side of Saltspring Island 17.23.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of the small unnamed bay located at 48°56.00' north latitude and 123°35.75' west longitude, on the northwest side of Saltspring Island. [NAD 27].
17.24 Stone Cutters Bay, Saltspring Island 17.24.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Stone Cutters Bay, Saltspring Island, lying inside of a line drawn due north from the first headland on the south side of Stone Cutters Bay to the opposite shore at 48°55.77' north latitude and 123°35.57' west longitude. [NAD 27]
17.25 North Side of Descanso Bay, Gabriola Island 17.25.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Descanso Bay, Gabriola Island, from the point of land on the north side of the bay at 49°10.78' north latitude and 123°51.61' west longitude thence west to a point on the opposite shore at 49°10.80' north latitude and 123°51.67' west longitude. [NAD 83]
17.26 Southey Bay, Saltspring Island 17.26.jpeg The intertidal foreshore of Southey Bay, Saltspring Island, lying inside a line drawn from the north shore of Southey Bay at 48°56.54' north latitude and 123°35.50' west longitude thence southerly to the south shore at 48°56.50' north latitude and 123°35.55' west longitude.[NAD 27]
17.27 Nanoose Harbour, Knarston Creek 17.27.jpeg The intertidal foreshore spanning approximately 1.2 nautical miles in the vicinity of Knarston Creek, Nanoose Harbour (a portion of the area between Fleet Point and Blunden Point), bounded on the west by a line drawn from a point on land at 49°15.27' north latitude and 124°07.12'west longitude due north to the low water mark, and bounded on the east by a line drawn from a point on land at 49°15.25' north latitude and 124°05.54' west longitude, true north to the low water mark.
17.29 An unnamed bay E. side of Vancouver Is.Stuart Ch. 17.29.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of an unnamed bay on east side of Vancouver Island in Stuart Channel approximately 3.5 km northwest of Yellow Point located inside a line drawn from the easterly point at 49º 03.93' north latitude and 123º 46.35' west longitude thence northwesterly to the opposite shore at 49º 04.03' north latitude and 123º 46.49' west longitude.
17.3 Chemainus Bay to Shoal Islands 17.3.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Chemainus Bay, the Shoal Islands and Osborn Bay lying inside a line drawn from the outcrop on the northwest side of Askew Creek at 48°56.01' north latitude and 123°43.59' west longitude, thence northeasterly to a point in water at 48°56.19' north latitude and 123°43.41' west longitude, thence southeasterly to the North Reef Light, at 48°54.84' north latitude and 123°37.612' west longitude, thence southerly to a point on land near a line of pilings located westerly of Sherard Point at 48°51.75' north latitude and, 123°37.61' west longitude.[NAD 83]
17.30 Winchelsea Islands 17.30.jpeg The intertidal foreshore of the Winchelsea Islands. (NAD 83)
17.31 Ada Islands 17.31.jpeg The intertidal foreshore of the Ada Islands.
17.32 Conover Cove, Wallace Islands 17.32.jpeg The waters and tidal foreshore of Conover Cove lying inside a line drawn from the tip of the peninsula at the south end of the entrance at 48°56.17' north latitude and 123°32.65' west longitude thence northerly to where the wharf touches land at 48°56.20' north latitude and 123°32.59' west longitude. [NAD 83]
17.33 Preedy Harbour 17.33.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of that portion of Preedy Harbour, Thetis Island, lying inside a line drawn from a point on land on the southern shore of Preedy Harbour at 48°58.23' north latitude and 123°40.50' west longitude thence in a straight line northwesterly to the west end of the shoal at 48°58.31' north latitude and 123°40.53' west longitude thence in a straight line northeasterly to a point on the shore of Preedy Harbour at 48°58.36' north latitude and 123°40.41' west longitude.
17.34 Montague Harbour, Galiano Island 17.34.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of northwest Montague Harbour, Galiano Island, within 125 m of the point where the public dock meets the land at 48°53.85' north latitude and 123°24.18' west longitude.
17.35 Boat Harbour 17.35.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Boat Harbour inside a line commencing from Flewett Point at 49° 05.49' north latitude and 123° 47.88' west longitude, thence northwesterly to a point on land at 49° 05.54' north latitude and 123° 48.11' west longitude. (NAD 83)
17.36 Clifcoe Road, Saltair 17.36.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore lying within a 250 meter radius of the discharge pipe at the end of Clifcoe Road, Saltair at 48° 57.21' north latitude and 123° 44.99' west longitude. (NAD83)
17.37 McFadden Creek, Saltspring Island 17.37.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore lying within a 200 meter radius of McFadden Creek on Saltspring Island at 48° 55.65' north latitude and 123° 33.59' west longitude. (NAD83)
17.38 Clark Bay 17.38.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Clark Bay on the north side of Gabriola Island commencing at a point on the western foreshore at 49°12.06' north latitude and 123°49.85' west longitude and thence south-easterly to a point on land at 49°12.00'north latitude and 123°49.72' west longitude. [NAD 83]
17.39 Schooner Cove, Nanoose Wastewater Treatment Plant 17.39.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore surrounding Schooner Cove within a radius of 900 metres of the seaward end of the Schooner Cove marina breakwater located at or near 49¿17.27' north latitude and 124¿07.98' west longitude, extending northwesterly along the shore of Vancouver Island to 49¿17.53 north latitude and 124¿08.60' west longitude, and southeasterly along the shore of Vancouver Island to 49¿16.85' north latitude and 124¿07.61' west longitude". (NAD 83)
17.4 Nanaimo Harbour 17.4.jpeg The intertidal foreshore of Newcastle Island from Shaft Point at 49°11.68' north latitude and 123°56.83' west longitude to Nares Point at 49°12.17' north latitude and 123°56.61', and the waters and intertidal foreshore of Nanaimo Harbour and Newcastle Island Passage inside a line that commences at Jack Point at 49°10.00' north latitude and 123°53.68' west longitude, thence to Gallows Point on Protection Island at 49°10.23' north latitude and 123°55.08' west longitude thence following the western shore of Protection Island to Batchelor Point at 49°10.99' north latitude and 123°54.95' west longitude, thence to an unnamed point of land on Newcastle Island at 49°11.38' north latitude and 123°55.34' west longitude, then following the southern shore of Newcastle Island to Shaft Point at 49°11.68' north latitude and 123°56.83' west longitude thence to Pimbury Point 49°11.60' north latitude and 123°56.94' then following the shoreline to the point of commencement at Jack Point. [NAD 83]
17.40 Northumberland Channel, Duke Point Wastewater Treatment Plant 17.40.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Northumberland Channel, southwest of a line drawn from Jack Point at 49°09.98' north latitude and 123°53.61' west longitude, to the prominent point of land on Vancouver Island west of Joan Point at 49°08.13' north latitude and 123°49.91' west longitude". (NAD83)
17.41 Hammond Bay 17.41.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore between Neck Point and Horswell Bluff on Vancouver Island, including all of Pipers Lagoon, inside a line drawn from a point of land north of Neck Point at 49° 14.16' north latitude and 123° 58.21' west longitude, thence northeasterly to a point in water at 49° 14.42' north latitude and 123° 58.00' west longitude, thence northeasterly to a point in water at 49° 15.09' north latitude and 123° 56.12' west longitude, thence southeasterly to the westernmost tip of Five Finger Island at 49° 13.86' north latitude and 123° 55.05' west longitude, thence southwesterly to Hudson Rocks at the northern tip of an unnamed islet at 49° 13.48' north latitude and 123° 55.45' west longitude, thence southwesterly to the navigation buoy at 49° 13.43' north latitude and 123° 55.68' west longitude, thence southwesterly to a point on land south of Lagoon Head at 49° 13.38' north latitude and 123° 56.84' west longitude. (NAD83)
17.43 South side of Nanoose Bay, near Rumming Road 17.43.jpeg The intertidal foreshore of Nanoose Harbour from a point on land at 49°15.19' north latitude and 124°08.83' west longitude thence southeast to a point on land at 49°15.14' north latitude and 124°08.63' west longitude. [NAD 83]
17.44 Southeast of Icarus Point to west of Neck Point 17.44.jpeg The intertidal foreshore from a point on land at 49° 14.86' north latitude and 124° 01.93' west longitude southeast of Icarus Point following the intertidal boundary southeasterly to a point on land at 49° 14.34' north latitude and 123° 59.81' west longitude approximately 2.5 km west of Neck Point.' [NAD 83]
17.5 Departure Bay 17.5.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Departure Bay from Pimbury Point to Horswell Bluff at 49°12.76' north latitude and 123°56.36' west longitude. [NAD 83].
17.6 Degnen Bay, Gabriola Island 17.6.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Degnen Bay, Gabriola Island, lying inside of a line drawn from the beach access at the foot of Gray Road on the west shore to the unnamed point immediately opposite on the east shore, northwest of Josef Point.
17.7 Silva Bay, Gabriola Island 17.7.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Silva Bay, Gabriola Island lying within a line drawn from the southern tip of Law Point to the northwestern tip of Sear Island and thence southwesterly to the shoreline of Gabriola Island.
17.8 Montague Harbour, Galiano Island 17.8.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Montague Harbour, Galiano Island, inside a line drawn from Winstanley Point, thence northerly to the base of the overhead cable tower on the northeastern foreshore of the harbour.
17.9 Shaw Road west, Gabriola Island 17.9.jpeg The intertidal foreshore of southern Gabriola Island near the foot of Shaw Road, commencing from a point on land at 49° 07.71' north latitude and 123° 44.72' west longitude, thence westerly approximately 850 meters to a point on land at 49° 07.80' north latitude and 123° 45.39' west longitude. (NAD 83)


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Elysha Gordon
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