Area 23 - 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 23 (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
23-1 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 23.26 Somass River Estuary Sanitary Closures (Annual)
23-2 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 23.5 River Point, Alberni Inlet Sanitary Closures (Annual)
23-3 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 23.21 Snug Basin, Uchucklesit Inlet, land file #1411127 Sanitary Closures (Annual)
23.22 San Mateo Bay, land file #1405569
23-4 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 23.16 Poett Nook Sanitary Closures (Annual)
23.17 Santa Maria Island
23.7 Northern Roquefeuil Bay
23-5 Closed May 31 to Sep 30 23.H Robbers Passage Sanitary Closures (Seasonal)
23-6 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 23.18 Effingham Inlet Sanitary Closures (Annual)
23.10 Julia Passage
23.13 Area between Fatty Basin and Useless Inlet
23.19 East Effingham Inlet, land file #1403799
23.23 West Effingham Inlet, land file #1409678
23.24 Useless Inlet, land file #1404360
23.25 East Effingham Inlet, land file #1407569
23.30 A portion of Effingham Inlet
23-7 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 23.1 Bamfield Inlet and Grappler Inlet Sanitary Closures (Annual)
23-8 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 23.29 Pinkerton Islands Sanitary Closures (Annual)
23.9 Crawford Creek, Sechart Channel
23-9 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 23.3 Cigarette Cove, Entrance Inlet Sanitary Closures (Annual)
Closed May 31 to Sep 30 23.C Cigarette Cove, Entrance Inlet Sanitary Closures (Seasonal)
23-10 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 23.20 Toquart Bay - Coulson forest Products Dock and Toquart Bay Campsite Dock Sanitary Closures (Annual)
23.28 Southeast side of Bazett Island
23-11 Closed Apr 1 to 23.2 Ucluelet Inlet Sanitary Closures (Annual)

Area Descriptions

Closure Map Area Description
23.1 Bamfield Inlet and Grappler Inlet 23.1.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Bamfield Inlet and Grappler Inlet lying inside a line drawn from Aguilar Point light to the harbour limit on the opposite shore.
23.10 Julia Passage 23.10.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Julia Passage, Barkley Sound. The southern passage entrance closure boundary consists of a line drawn between a point on the Vancouver Island shore located at latitude 48°57.10' north latitude and longitude 125°13.20' west longitude, and the closest headland on the southern island of the Alma Russell Islands. The closure extends north easterly to a line drawn from the north eastern tip of the northern most Alma Russell Island to the Vancouver Island shore [NAD 27].
23.13 Area between Fatty Basin and Useless Inlet 23.13.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore in the large bay between Useless Inlet and Fatty Basin that lie within a 150 meter radius from a point on the unnamed rock at 48°59.19 minutes north latitude and 125°01.87 minutes west longitude. (NAD 83)
23.16 Poett Nook 23.16.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Poett Nook lying inside a line across the narrows at the entrance, from a point on land on the west side of the entrance at 48°53.00' north latitude and 125° 02.99' west longitude, to a point on land on the east side of the entrance at 48°53.00' north latitude and 125° 02.89' west longitude. (NAD 83)
23.17 Santa Maria Island 23.17.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of northeastern Santa Maria Island, in Numukamis Bay, south of a line drawn from the northeastern most tip of Santa Maria Island at 48°53.71' north latitude and 125°01.23' west longitude thence easterly to a point of land at 48°53.72' north latitude and 125°01.13' west longitude, and north of a line drawn from a point on land on eastern Santa Maria Island at 48°53.65' north latitude and 125° 01.26' west longitude thence due east to a point on land at 48° 53.65' north latitude and 125°01.15' west longitude. (NAD 83)
23.18 Effingham Inlet 23.18.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore on the southwest side of Effingham Inlet, west of Webster Island, within a 125 meter radius of the dock at 49° 00.11' north latitude and 125° 11.61' west longitude.(NAD 83)
23.19 East Effingham Inlet, land file #1403799 23.19.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of the east side of Effingham Inlet, within a distance of 125 meters from the outer perimeter of the floating living accommodation located at or near 49° 01.30' north latitude and 125° 08.98' west longitude, within aquaculture tenure land file #1403799. [NAD 83]
23.2 Ucluelet Inlet 23.2.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Ucluelet Inlet and a portion of Newcombe Channel, Barkley Sound inside a line drawn from a point of land on the southeast side of the Ucluth Peninsula by Spring Cove at 48°55.57' north latitude and 125°31.56' west longitude thence southeasterly to the northernmost point of Francis Island at 48°55.46' north latitude and 125°31.43' west longitude thence following the shoreline southwesterly to the southernmost point of Francis Island at 48°55.29' north latitude and 125°31.45' west longitude thence southerly to the easternmost point of Jenny Reef at 48°55.00' north latitude and 125°31.50' west longitude thence southeasterly to an islet in the George Fraser Islands at 48°54.79' north latitude and 125°30.97' west longitude thence northeasterly to a point of land at 48°55.31' north latitude and 125°30.48' west longitude thence following the shoreline and returning to the point of commencement.
23.20 Toquart Bay - Coulson forest Products Dock and Toquart Bay Campsite Dock 23.20.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore at the head of Toquart Bay, in a 125 m radius from any point on the dock fingers of the Coulson Forest Products dock located at 49°01.39' north latitude and 125°21.65' west longitude, and in a 125 m radius from any point on the dock fingers of the Toquart Bay campsite dock at 49°01.22' north latitude and 125°21.53' west longitude. (NAD83).
23.21 Snug Basin, Uchucklesit Inlet, land file #1411127 23.21.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Snug Basin, in Uchucklesit Inlet, within a distance of 125 meters from the outer perimeter of the floating living accommodation located at or near 49° 01.15' north latitude and 125° 01.88' west longitude, within aquaculture tenure land file #1411127. [NAD 83]
23.22 San Mateo Bay, land file #1405569 23.22.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of San Mateo Bay, within a distance of 125 meters from the outer perimeter of the floating living accommodation located at or near 48° 56.40' north latitude and 124° 59.10' west longitude, within aquaculture tenure land file #1405569. [NAD 83]
23.23 West Effingham Inlet, land file #1409678 23.23.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of the west side of Effingham Inlet, within a distance of 125 meters from the outer perimeter of the floating living accommodation located at or near 49° 00.79' north latitude and 125° 10.84' west longitude, within aquaculture tenure land file #1409678. [NAD 83]
23.24 Useless Inlet, land file #1404360 23.24.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Useless Inlet, within a distance of 125 meters from the outer perimeter of the floating living accommodation located at or near 48° 59.12' north latitude and 125° 03.84' west longitude, within aquaculture tenure land file #1404360. [NAD 83]
23.25 East Effingham Inlet, land file #1407569 23.25.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of the east side of Effingham Inlet, within a distance of 125 meters from the outer perimeter of the floating living accommodation located at or near 49°00.32' north latitude and 125°10.40' west longitude, within aquaculture tenure land file #1407569.[NAD 83]
23.26 Somass River Estuary 23.26.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of the Somass River Estuary in Port Alberni, inside a line extending from a point on the northwestern corner of the pond at 49°15.19' north latitude and 124° 49.36' west longitude easterly across the Somass River Estuary to a point on land at 49°15.12' north latitude and 124°48.70' west longitude, thence southwesterly along the intertidal foreshore to a point on the breakwater which extends from Lupsi Cupsi Point at 49°14.55' north latitude and 124° 49.13' west longitude, thence northwesterly across the Somass River Estuary to a point on land at 49°14.70' north latitude and 124°49.53' west longitude, thence northeasterly along the margins of the sewage disposal basin and pond to the point of commencement (NAD 83)
23.28 Southeast side of Bazett Island 23.28.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of the southeast side of Bazett Island, Toquaht Bay (formerly Toquart Bay), within a distance of 125 m from the outer perimeter of the floating living accommodation located at or near 49°01.12' north latitude and 125°18.08' west longitude.
23.29 Pinkerton Islands 23.29.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore in the centre of the Pinkerton Islands, east of a line drawn from the westernmost point of the islet marked as 30 m high on CHS Chart 3670 at 48°57.52' north latitude and 125°16.96' west longitude southeasterly to the westernmost point of the islet marked as 47 m high at 48°57.46' north latitude and 125°16.96' west longitude; and west of a line drawn from the southeasternmost point of the small islet southeast of Islet marked 30 m high at 48°57.47' north latitude and 125°16.76' west longitude southwesterly to a point on land on Islet marked 47 m high at 48°57.44' north latitude and 125°16.79' west longitude. [NAD 83]
23.3 Cigarette Cove, Entrance Inlet 23.3.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Cigarette Cove, Entrance Inlet, lying inside of a line drawn across the entrance to the cove at its narrowest point.
23.30 A portion of Effingham Inlet 23.30.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of the small bay at the northeast head of Effingham Inlet, from a point of land at 49°05.44' north latitude and 125°11.25' west longitude easterly to a point on land at 49°05.36' north latitude and 125°10.85' west longitude. [NAD83]
23.5 River Point, Alberni Inlet 23.5.jpeg The intertidal foreshore of Alberni Inlet from River Point to a point 480 m south.
23.7 Northern Roquefeuil Bay 23.7.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of the cove in northern Roquefeuil Bay, located inside a line drawn from the headland at 48° 51.57' north latitude and 125° 06.39' west longitude, thence southwesterly to the opposite headland at 48° 51.46' north latitude and 125° 06.49' west longitude. [NAD 83]
23.9 Crawford Creek, Sechart Channel 23.9.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore inside a 125 metre radius of the mouth of the creek draining Crawford Lake into Sechart Channel.
23.C Cigarette Cove, Entrance Inlet 23.C.jpeg With the exception of Cigarette Cove at the head of Entrance Inlet, which is closed annually under Sanitary Closure Map 23.3, the waters and intertidal foreshore of Entrance Inlet, lying inside a line drawn across the narrows at the entrance, from a point on land on the west side of the entrance at 49°00.00' north latitude and 125°17.78' west longitude, to a point on land on the east side of the entrance at 48°59.98' north latitude and 125°17.70' west longitude, thence to the narrows at the boundary on Sanitary Closure Map 23.3, at a line drawn across the narrows from a point on land on the west side at 49°00.33' north latitude and 125°17.45' west longitude, to a point on land on the east side at 49°00.33' north latitude and 125°17.41' west longitude (NAD 27).
23.H Robbers Passage 23.H.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Robbers Passage, south of a line drawn from a point of land on Tzartus Island at 48° 53.81' north latitude and 125° 07.00' west longitude due west to a point on land on Fleming Island at 48° 53.81' north latitude and 125° 07.27' west longitude; and north of a line drawn from a point of land on Tzartus Island at 48° 53.64' north latitude and 125° 06.81' west longitude southwesterly to a point of land on Fleming Island at 48° 53.58' north latitude and 125° 06.88' west longitude (NAD83).


2017-07-11 12:05:22

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Elysha Gordon
Canadian Shellfish Sanitation Program (CSSP) Coordinator