Area 19 - 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.

Related links

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 19 (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
19-1 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 19.1 Albert Head to Cordova Bay Annual Closure
19-2 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 19.1 Albert Head to Cordova Bay Annual Closure
19-3 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 19.1 Albert Head to Cordova Bay Annual Closure
19.8 Quarantine Cove
19-4 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 19.1 Albert Head to Cordova Bay Annual Closure
19-5 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 19.12 Bazan Bay Annual Closure
19.14 Saanichton Bay
19.2 Saanich Peninsula, Curteis Point, Cordova Bay
19.9 Cordova Spit to James Island to View Beach
19-7 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 19.10 Saanich Inlet, Moses Point to N of Dogwood Rd. Annual Closure
19.3 West Saanich Inlet
19-8 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 19.10 Saanich Inlet, Moses Point to N of Dogwood Rd. Annual Closure
19.13 North Yarrow Point
19.3 West Saanich Inlet
19.4 Thomson Cove, Saanich Inlet
19.5 Brentwood Bay, Saanich Inlet
19.6 Coles Bay, Saanich Inlet
19-9 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 19.5 Brentwood Bay, Saanich Inlet Annual Closure
19-11 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 19.11 Squally Reach, Saanich Inlet Annual Closure
19-12 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 19.7 Finlayson Arm, Saanich Inlet Annual Closure

Area Descriptions

Closure Map Area Description
19.1 Albert Head to Cordova Bay 19.1.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Vancouver Island, lying inside a line drawn from Albert Head at 48° 23.25' north latitude and 123° 28.60' west longitude, thence southeasterly to a point in water at 48° 22.22' north latitude and 123° 21.30' west longitude, thence northeasterly to Staines Point on the Trial Islands at 48° 23.67' north latitude and 123° 18.27' west longitude, thence northeasterly to Gonzales Point at 48° 24.69' north latitude and 123° 17.61' west longitude, thence northerly along the intertidal foreshore of Saanich Peninsula to a point on land parallel to the end of Parker Road at 48° 32.20' north latitude and 123° 21.82' west longitude in Cordova Bay. (NAD 83)
19.10 Saanich Inlet, Moses Point to N of Dogwood Rd. 19.10.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of northeastern Saanich Inlet, lying inside a line drawn from Moses Point at 48°41.38' north latitude and 123°29.03' west longitude to Coal Point at 48°40.62' north latitude and 123°29.30' west longitude, thence southeasterly to the northern headland of Towner Bay at 48°40.10 north latitude and 123°28.64' west longitude, thence to Warrior Point at 48°39.82' north latitude and 123°28.35' west longitude, thence to the end of the dock at the Institute of Ocean Sciences at 48°39.25' north latitude and 123°27.15 west longitude, thence southwesterly to a point on land at 48°38.48'north latitude and 123°28.33' west longitude approximately 200 meters north of Dogwood Road.
19.11 Squally Reach, Saanich Inlet 19.11.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of the west side of Squally Reach from a point on land at 48° 32.45' N and 123° 33.44 W which is located 200 m south of the southernmost creek (Irving Creek), thence following the shoreline northwards along the 10 m depth line, to a point on land at 48° 33.08'N and 123° 33.37'W, which is 200 m north of the northernmost creek.(NAD 83)
19.12 Bazan Bay 19.12.jpeg The waters of Bazan Bay, Little Group Islands, and Tsehum Harbour inside a line drawn from a point on land at 48°37.65' N 123°24.61' W thence southeasterly to a point in water at 48°36.67' N 123°23.20' W thence northeasterly to a point in water at 48°37.08' N 123°22.73' W thence northeasterly to a point in water at 48°37.56' N 123°21.89' W thence northerly to a point on Dock Island at 48°40.29' N 123°21.78' W thence northwesterly to Curteis Point at 48°40.48' N 123°21.78' W thence to the point of commencement.
19.13 North Yarrow Point 19.13.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of a small bay just north of Coles Bay lying inside a line drawn from a northerly point at 48º38.19' north latitude and 123º26.68' west longitude thence southerly to the opposite shore at 48º37.97' north latitude and 123º28.71' west longitude.
19.14 Saanichton Bay 19.14.jpeg The waters of Saanichton Bay south of a line drawn from a point on land on the Saanich Peninsula at 49°36.26' north latitude and 123°23.67' west longitude, thence southeasterly to a point in the water at 49°35.91' north latitude and 123°22.29' west longitude, thence due south to the tip of Cordova Spit [NAD 83].
19.2 Saanich Peninsula, Curteis Point, Cordova Bay 19.2.jpeg The intertidal foreshore of Saanich Peninsula, from Curteis Point southward to a point on shore, at 48° 32.20' north latitude and 123° 21.82' west longitude, parallel with the northern end of Parker Road, Cordova Bay. [NAD 27].
19.3 West Saanich Inlet 19.3.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Saanich Inlet, including Mill Bay, extending from Hatch Point at 48°41.63' north latitude and 123°32.09' west longitude, thence following the low water mark to a point in water on the low water mark at 48°40.17' north latitude and 123°31.81' west longitude, thence southerly to the northern side of Verdier Point at 48°37.92' north latitude and 123°31.76' west longitude. [NAD 83]
19.4 Thomson Cove, Saanich Inlet 19.4.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Thomson Cove, Saanich Inlet, lying inside a line drawn from the northern headland of Thomson Cove to Henderson Point.
19.5 Brentwood Bay, Saanich Inlet 19.5.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Brentwood Bay, Saanich Inlet, lying inside a line drawn from Henderson Point at 48° 35.89' north latitude and 123° 28.79' west longitude to Willis Point at 48° 34.65' north latitude and 123° 29.13' west longitude. [NAD 27].
19.6 Coles Bay, Saanich Inlet 19.6.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Coles Bay, Saanich Inlet, lying inside a line drawn from Yarrow Point to a point on the eastern shore of the bay 125 m south of the unnamed creek entering at 8600 Kleewyck Road.
19.7 Finlayson Arm, Saanich Inlet 19.7.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Finlayson Arm, Saanich Inlet, lying south of the power cables crossing the southern tip of Sawluctus Island.
19.8 Quarantine Cove 19.8.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Quarantine Cove lying inside a line drawn from William Head to the southern end of Weir Beach.
19.9 Cordova Spit to James Island to View Beach 19.9.jpeg The subtidal waters in Cordova Channel inside a line commencing at the east boundary of closure 19.2 near the end of Cordova Spit off Saanich Peninsula at 48° 35.93' north latitude and 123° 22.09' west longitude, thence easterly to the northern tip of the small islet on the southwest side of James Island at 48° 35.91' north latitude and 123° 21.30' west longitude, thence following the shoreline southeasterly to southern tip of the islet at 48° 35.65' north latitude and 123° 21.10' west longitude, thence southerly to the northern tip of a spit at the southwest side of James Island at 48° 35.61' north latitude and 123° 21.10' west longitude, thence following the shoreline southeasterly to the southwest tip of James Island at 48°35.42' north latitude and 123° 20.90' west longitude, thence southwesterly to a point at the eastern boundary of closure 19.2 at 48° 35.03' north latitude and 123° 21.85' west longitude.


2018-01-08 16:18:55

Contact us

Elysha Gordon
Canadian Shellfish Sanitation Program (CSSP) Coordinator