Area 18 - 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 18 (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
18-2 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 18.11 Village Bay, Mayne Island Annual Closure
18.22 James Bay, Prevost Island
18.29 Dinner Bay, Mayne Island
18-3 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 18.13 Annette Inlet, Prevost Island Annual Closure
18.16 Long Harbour, Saltspring Island
18.17 Madrona Bay, Saltspring Island
18.2 Long Harbour, Saltspring Island
18.20 Selby Cove, Prevost Island
18.23 1.4 km From Walker Spit, Ganges Hbr. Saltspring Is
18.24 Cusheon Creek, Saltspring island
18.4 Ganges Harbour, Saltspring Island
18-4 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 18.28 Bedwell Harbour, North Pender Island Annual Closure
18.32 Stanley Point to Wallace Point, North Pender Island
18.7 Bedwell Harbour, South Pender Island
18-5 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 18.10 Horton Bay, Mayne Island Annual Closure
18.14 Boot Cove, Saturna Island
18.21 Port Browning, North Pender Island
18.26 Shark Cove
18.31 Camp Bay, South Pender
18.32 Stanley Point to Wallace Point, North Pender Island
18.34 A portion of Narvaez Bay
18.8 Hope Bay, North Pender Island
18-6 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 18.15 Northeast Saanich Peninsula Annual Closure
18.30 Princess Bay, Portland Island
18-7 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 18.33 Burgoyne Bay, Saltspring Island Annual Closure
18.9 Maple Bay
Closed Nov 6 to Mar 31 18.1 Cowichan Bay, Genoa Bay, Boatswain Bank Annual Closure
18-8 Closed Nov 6 to Mar 31 18.1 Cowichan Bay, Genoa Bay, Boatswain Bank Annual Closure
18-9 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 18.32 Stanley Point to Wallace Point, North Pender Island Annual Closure
18-10 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 18.18 Unnamed bays E of Fulford Harbour, Saltspring Is. Annual Closure
18.3 Fulford Harbour, Saltspring Island

Area Descriptions

Closure Map Area Description
18.1 Cowichan Bay, Genoa Bay, Boatswain Bank 18.1.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Cowichan Bay, including Genoa Bay and Boatswain Bank, lying inside a line drawn from Separation Point to Hatch Point.
18.10 Horton Bay, Mayne Island 18.10.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore at the head of Horton Bay, Mayne Island, inside a line drawn from the rock outcrop located west of Aitken Point at 48°49.80' north latitude and 123°14.90' west longitude, thence southeasterly to the headland at 48°49.60' north latitude and 123°14.70' west longitude located west of the public dock. [NAD 27].
18.11 Village Bay, Mayne Island 18.11.jpeg The intertial foreshore of Village Bay, Mayne Island, lying inside a line drawn from a point on land 125 m north of the ferry dock to Crane Point.
18.13 Annette Inlet, Prevost Island 18.13.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Annette Inlet, Prevost Island, lying inside a line drawn across the narrowest point at the west end of the inlet.
18.14 Boot Cove, Saturna Island 18.14.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Boot Cove, lying inside of a line from a point on land at 48°47.71' north latitude and 123°12.11' west longitude, thence northeasterly to a point on land at 48°47.72' north latitude and 123°12.03' west longitude.
18.15 Northeast Saanich Peninsula 18.15.jpeg The intertidal foreshore of Saanich Peninsula, lying between Curteis Point at 48°40.49' north latitude and 123°23.79' west longitude and Moses Point at 48° 48 41.35' north latitude and 123° 29.13' west longitude, which lies at the eastern boundary of the beach access road at the foot of Seabreeze Road. [NAD 83]
18.16 Long Harbour, Saltspring Island 18.16.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore at the head of Long Harbour, Saltspring Island, lying inside a line drawn from the north side at 48° 51.82' north latitude and 123° 27.91' west longitude to the opposite shore at 48° 51.77' north latitude and 123° 28.00' west longitude. [NAD 83].
18.17 Madrona Bay, Saltspring Island 18.17.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Madrona Bay at the north side of Ganges Harbour, Saltspring Island, lying inside a line drawn from the isthmus at 48°51.38' north latitude and 123°29.10' west longitude to the opposite shore at 48°51.50' north latitude and 123°29.10' west longitude. [NAD 83].
18.18 Unnamed bays E of Fulford Harbour, Saltspring Is. 18.18.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of the three unnamed bays east of Fulford Harbour, Saltspring Island, lying inside a line drawn from the western headland at 48° 45.45' north latitude and 123° 24.85' west longitude thence due south to Louisa Rock, thence on a true bearing of 50° to the northeasterly headland at 48° 45.50' north latitude and 123° 24.45' west longitude. [NAD 83].
18.2 Long Harbour, Saltspring Island 18.2.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Long Harbour, Saltspring Island, lying within a 300 m radius of the ferry slip.
18.20 Selby Cove, Prevost Island 18.20.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Selby Cove, Prevost Island, lying inside a line drawn across the entrance to the cove.
18.21 Port Browning, North Pender Island 18.21.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore at the head of Port Browning, North Pender Island, inside a line drawn from the public wharf on the northern shore of Port Browning at 48°46.70' north latitude and 123°15.95' west longitude, thence southwesterly to the edge of the rocky shoal at 48°46.30' north latitude and 123°16.35' west longitude. [NAD 27].
18.22 James Bay, Prevost Island 18.22.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of James Bay, Prevost Island, from a point of land on the south shore at 48° 50.43' north latitude and 123° 23.85' west longitude, thence northeasterly to the north shore at 48° 50.50' north latitude and 123° 23.72' west longitude. [NAD 83].
18.23 1.4 km From Walker Spit, Ganges Hbr. Saltspring Is 18.23.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore on the southern shore of Ganges Harbour, Saltspring Island, from an abandoned wharf at 48° 49.78' north latitude and 123° 27.65' west longitude, thence approximately 150 meters eastward to 48° 49.75' north latitude and 123° 27.53' west longitude. [NAD 27].
18.24 Cusheon Creek, Saltspring island 18.24.jpeg The intertidal foreshore of Cusheon Creek , lying between a point on land northwesterly of Cusheon Creek at 48° 48.51' north latitude and 123° 25.44' west longitude, and a point on land southeasterly of Cusheon Creek at 48° 48.17' north latitude and 123° 25.15' west longitude. (NAD 83)
18.26 Shark Cove 18.26.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Shark Cove, inside of a line from a southerly point on land at 48°45.95' north latitude and 123°15.46' west longitude, thence northerly to a point on land near the end of Mortimer Spit at 48°46.02' north latitude and 123°15.48' west longitude.
18.28 Bedwell Harbour, North Pender Island 18.28.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore at the head of Bedwell Bay, North Pender Island, lying inside of a line from a point of land at 48°45.76' north latitude and 123°15.62' west longitude thence southerly to a point of land at 48° 45.46' north latitude and 123° 15.90' west longitude. (NAD 83)
18.29 Dinner Bay, Mayne Island 18.29.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Dinner Bay lying east of a line drawn from a point of land on Mayne Island at 48°50.23' north latitude and 123°19.42' west longitude, thence southwest to a point on land on Mayne Island at 48°50.09' north latitude and 123°19.59' west longitude.
18.3 Fulford Harbour, Saltspring Island 18.3.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Fulford Harbour, Saltspring Island, lying inside a line drawn in a due east-west direction through the quick-flashing red light on the southeast side of the harbour.
18.30 Princess Bay, Portland Island 18.30.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Princess Bay located inside a line drawn from a point of land on Portland Island at 48°43.05 north latitude and 123°22.26' west longitude, thence northeast to the southernmost point of the unnamed island located north of the Tortoise Islets at 48°43.08' north latitude and 123°22.08' west longitude, thence northeast to a point of land at 48°43.11' north latitude and 123°22.03' west longitude, thence following the shoreline to the easternmost point of the unnamed island at 48°43.15' north latitude and 123°22.02' west longitude, thence due north to the shore of Portland Island at 48°43.24' north latitude and 123°22.02' west longitude.
18.31 Camp Bay, South Pender 18.31.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Camp Bay, South Pender Island, lying inside of a line from a point on land on the northern shore at 48°44.74' north latitude and 123°11.02' west longitude thence southerly to a point on land at 48°44.53' north latitude and 123°11.17' west longitude. (NAD 83)
18.32 Stanley Point to Wallace Point, North Pender Island 18.32.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore along the west side of North Pender Island inside a line drawn from a point on land at Stanley Point at 48° 49.32' north latitude and 123° 19.33' west longitude to Point Liddell, Prevost Island, at 48° 48.56' north latitude and 123° 21.89' west longitude, thence southeasterly to a point in water at 48° 45.75' north latitude and 123° 19.98' west longitude, thence southeasterly to a point in water at 48° 43.08' north latitude and 123° 15.10' west longitude, then northeasterly to Wallace Point at 48° 44.18' north latitude and 123° 13.88' west longitude, thence northwesterly following the shoreline of North Pender Island to the point of commencement [NAD 83].
18.33 Burgoyne Bay, Saltspring Island 18.33.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Burgoyne Bay lying inside a line drawn from a point on land at 48°47.66' north latitude and 123°31.31' west longitude southeasterly following the high water mark to a point on land at 48°47.46' north latitude and 123°31.08' west longitude, thence southwesterly to a point on land at 48°47.27' north latitude and 123°31.20' west longitude, thence northwesterly following the high water mark to a point on land at 48°47.37' north latitude and 123°31.63' west longitude, and thence northeasterly in a straight line to the point of commencement. [NAD 83]
18.34 A portion of Narvaez Bay 18.34.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of the head of Narvaez Bay lying west of a line drawn from a point on land at 48º 46.75' north latitude and 123º 06.36' west longitude thence southwesterly to a point on land at 48° 46.59' north latitude and 123° 6.44' west longitude
18.4 Ganges Harbour, Saltspring Island 18.4.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Ganges Harbour, Saltspring Island, including Walter Bay lying inside a line drawn from the shore of Saltspring Island at 48° 51.30 north latitude and 123° 29.31' west longitude thence easterly to the west end of Goat Island at 48° 51.17' north latitude and 123° 29.00' west longitude and thence southerly to Rock Point at 48° 50.40' north latitude and 123° 28.40' west longitude. [NAD 27].
18.7 Bedwell Harbour, South Pender Island 18.7.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Bedwell Harbour, lying inside of a line drawn across the harbour from a point on land on the south-western shore of South Pender Island located at 48°45.25' north latitude and 123°14.73' west longitude thence south-easterly to a point on land at 48°44.70' north latitude 123°13.75' west longitude.
18.8 Hope Bay, North Pender Island 18.8.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Hope Bay, north Pender Island, lying inside, that is south of, a line drawn from the land end of the government dock to Auchterlonie Point on the opposite side.
18.9 Maple Bay 18.9.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Maple Bay, lying inside a line drawn from a point on the west shore located at 48°49.06 north latitude and 123°36.30' west longitude, thence southeasterly to the eastern shore at 48°48.25' north latitude and 123°35.72' west longitude [NAD 83 ].


2018-01-08 16:18:50

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Elysha Gordon
Canadian Shellfish Sanitation Program (CSSP) Coordinator