Area 20 - 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 20 (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 aquacutlure 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
20-2 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 20.4 Port Renfrew Sanitary Closures (Annual)
20-5 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 20.8 Becher Bay Sanitary Closures (Annual)
20.2 Pedder Bay
20.5 Becher Bay Marina, Becher Bay
20.6 Cheanuh Marina, Becher Bay
20.7 Eastern Head of Becher Bay
20.9 Sooke Bay
20-6 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 20.1 Sooke Harbour and Sooke Basin Sanitary Closures (Annual)
20-7 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 Sanitary Closures (Annual)

Area Descriptions

Closure Map Area Description
20.1 Sooke Harbour and Sooke Basin 20.1.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Sooke Harbour and Sooke Basin, lying inside a line drawn from the eastern tip of Whiffin Spit due east to a point on the opposite shore, thence along the shoreline to Company Point.
20.2 Pedder Bay 20.2.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Pedder Bay lying inside a line drawn from Cape Calver to William Head.
20.4 Port Renfrew 20.4.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore inside a radius of 4,850 metres from the Port Renfrew Wastewater Treatment Plant outfall at 48°33.56' north latitude and 124°24.14' west longitude at the mouth of the San Juan River, extending southwesterly to a point on land east of Woods Nose at 48°32.13' north latitude and 124°27.44' west longitude and extending northwesterly to a point on land at 48°33.63' north latitude and 124°28.07' west longitude. (NAD 83)
20.5 Becher Bay Marina, Becher Bay 20.5.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore surrounding the Becher Bay Marina, lying inside a line drawn in a 195 m radius from any point on the perimeter of the dock fingers, commencing from a point on land in the south at 48° 19.66' north latitude and 123° 38.07' west longitude, and ending at a point on land in the north at 48° 19.90' north latitude and 123° 37.96' west longitude (NAD 83). January 1 to December 31
20.6 Cheanuh Marina, Becher Bay 20.6.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore surrounding the Cheanuh Marina in Becher Bay, lying inside a line drawn in a 265 m radius from any point on the perimeter of the dock fingers, commencing from a point on land in the south at 48° 20.09' north latitude and 123° 36.38' west longitude, and ending at a point on land in the north at 48° 20.26' north latitude and 123° 35.92' west longitude (NAD 83).
20.7 Eastern Head of Becher Bay 20.7.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of the easternmost head of Becher Bay, lying inside a line drawn from a point of land at 48° 20.29' north latitude and 123° 35.78' west longitude, thence southeasterly to a point on land on the opposite shore at 48° 20.09' north latitude and 123° 35.49' west longitude (NAD 83).
20.8 Becher Bay 20.8.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore in Becher Bay, inside a line drawn from a point on land on the southern shore of Frazer Island at 48° 19.61' north latitude and 123° 36.45' west longitude, thence following the shoreline to a point on land on the eastern shore of Frazer Island at 48° 19.68' north latitude and 123° 36.27' west longitude, thence southeasterly to the northeasternmost point of Village Island at 48° 19.56' north latitude and 123° 35.97' west longitude, thence southwesterly to the southernmost point of Village Island at 48° 19.47' north latitude and 123° 36.01' west longitude, thence southwesterly to a point in the water at 48° 19.11' north latitude and 123° 36.31' west longitude, thence northwesterly to a point in the water at 48° 19.33' north latitude and 123° 36.72' west longitude, thence northeasterly to the point of commencement (NAD 83). January 1 to December 31
20.9 Sooke Bay 20.9.jpeg The waters of Sooke Bay within a radius of 300 m of the wastewater outfall terminus at 48º21.19' north latitude and 123º46.16' west longitude. [NAD 83]


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Contact us

Elysha Gordon
Canadian Shellfish Sanitation Program (CSSP) Coordinator