Area 24 - 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 24 (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
24-2 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 24.11 Sydney Inlet Sanitary Closures (Annual)
24.7 Hot Springs Cove Dock
24.9 East Holmes Inlet, land file #1401290
24-4 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 24.10 Matilda Inlet Sanitary Closures (Annual)
24.14 Millar Channel
Closed Apr 1 until further notice 24.bb Millar Channel Sanitary Closures (Temporary / Emergency)
24-6 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 24.14 Millar Channel Sanitary Closures (Annual)
Closed Apr 1 until further notice 24.bb Millar Channel Sanitary Closures (Temporary / Emergency)
24-8 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 24.1 Van Nevel Channel and Duffin Passage Sanitary Closures (Annual)
24-9 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 24.12 Northeast side of Sharp Island, Lemmens Inlet Sanitary Closures (Annual)
24.13 Southeast side of Lagoon Island, Lemmens Inlet
24.1 Van Nevel Channel and Duffin Passage
24.8 Lemmens Inlet, land file #1405436
24-10 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 24.4 Portion of Warn Bay Sanitary Closures (Annual)

Area Descriptions

Closure Map Area Description
24.1 Van Nevel Channel and Duffin Passage 24.1.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Templar Channel, Van Nevel Channel, Duffin Passage, and Browning Passage, inside a line drawn from the eastern shore of Esowista Peninsula at 49°07.64' north latitude and 125°53.02' west longitude, thence northeasterly to the green navigation buoy in Browning Passage at 49°08.37' north latitude and 125°52.07' west longitude, thence northeasterly to a point of land on Meares Island at 49°09.01' north latitude and 125°51.95' west longitude, thence northwesterly following the shoreline to a point on land on Meares Island at 49°09.22' north latitude and 125°52.50' west longitude, thence due west to the southernmost tip of Morpheus Island at 49°09.22' north latitude and 125°52.70' west longitude, thence northwesterly following the shoreline to a point on land at 49°09.47' north latitude and 125°52.91' west longitude, thence northwesterly to a point on land on Stockham Island at 49°10.14' north latitude and 125°53.72' west longitude, thence westerly following the shoreline of Stockham Island to its northernmost tip at 49°10.39' north latitude and 125°54.16' west longitude, thence northwesterly to a point of land on Meares Island, north of the Opitsat wharf at 49°10.48' north latitude and 125°54.26' west longitude, thence westerly following the shoreline of Meares Island to a point of land southeast of Schindler Point at 49°10.46' north latitude and 125°55.21' west longitude, thence southwesterly to the northeastern-most tip of Stubbs Island at 49°09.72' north latitude and 125°55.50' west longitude, thence southerly following the shoreline to an unnamed point on the southern tip of Stubbs Island at 49°09.21' north latitude and 125°55.94' west longitude, thence southerly to the easternmost tip of Wickaninnish Island at 49°08.53' north latitude and 125°56.00' west longitude, thence southerly following the shoreline to an unnamed point on the southeast tip of the island at 49°07.91' north latitude and 125°56.21' west longitude, thence southeasterly to the northeastern-most tip of Echachis Island at 49°07.82' north latitude and 125°56.15' west longitude, thence southerly following the shoreline to southwestern tip of the island at 49°07.47' north latitude and 125°56.43' west longitude, thence easterly to an unnamed point on the west side of the Esowista Peninsula at 49°07.51' north latitude and 125°54.39' west longitude, thence following the shoreline northeasterly to an unnamed point on the south side of MacKenzie Beach at 49°07.68' north latitude and 125°54.16' west longitude, thence northwesterly to an unnamed point on the north side of MacKenzie Beach at 49°08.00' north latitude and 125°54.58' west longitude, thence following the shoreline of the Esowista Peninsula to the point of commencement. (NAD83)
24.10 Matilda Inlet 24.10.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Matilda Inlet, Flores Island, south of a line drawn from the point of land at 49°17.17' north latitude and 126°04.23' west longitude, thence due west to the opposite side of the inlet to a point on land at 49°17.17' north latitude and 126°04.37' west longitude. (NAD 83)
24.11 Sydney Inlet 24.11.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Sydney Inlet within a radius of 800 m of the wastewater outfall terminus at 49°22.01' north latitude and 126°15.30' west longitude, extending northwesterly along the shore of Openit Peninsula to a point on land at 49°22.39' north latitude and 126°15.60' west longitude, and southeasterly along the shore of Openit Peninsula to a point on land at 49°21.58' north latitude and 126°15.22' west longitude. [NAD 83]
24.12 Northeast side of Sharp Island, Lemmens Inlet 24.12.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of the northeast side of Sharp Island, Lemmens Inlet, within a distance of 125 m from the outer perimeter of the floating living accommodation located at or near 49°11.17' north latitude and 125°51.89' west longitude. [NAD 83]
24.13 Southeast side of Lagoon Island, Lemmens Inlet 24.13.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of the southeast side of Lagoon Island, Lemmens Inlet, within a distance of 125 m from the outer perimeter of the floating living accommodation located at or near 49°11.72' north latitude and 125°52.26' west longitude. [NAD 83]
24.14 Millar Channel 24.14.jpeg Those waters of Millar Channel inside a line that begins at a point in water at 49°17.72'N 126°03.16'W then to a point in water at 49°17.72'N 126°02.74'W then to a point in water at 49°16.91'N 126°01.93'W then to a point in water at 49°16.75'N 126°01.80'W then to a point in water at 49°16.59'N 126°01.73'W then to a point in water at 49°16.15'N 126°01.67'W then to a point in water at 49°15.77'N 126°01.62'W then to a point in water at 49°15.00'N 126°01.38'W then to a point in water at 49°14.97'N 126°01.72'W then to a point in water at 49°16.16'N 126°02.09'W then to a point in water at 49°16.44'N 126°02.22'W then to a point in water at 49°16.66'N 126°02.36'W then to a point in water at 49°16.78'N 126°02.48'W then to a point in water at 49°16.87'N 126°02.58'W then to a point in water at 49°16.90'N 126°02.77'W then to a point in water at 49°17.05'N 126°02.92'W then northwesterly back to the point of commencement. [NAD83] January 1 to December 31 Old number: PSN-2014-202
24.4 Portion of Warn Bay 24.4.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of a portion of the small bay north of the Maltby Islets, in Warn Bay, from a point on Vancouver Island at 49° 14.70' north latitude and 125° 46.26' west longitude, thence southerly to a point on a small unnamed islet at 49° 14.57' north latitude and 125° 46.26' west longitude, thence following the shoreline of the islet easterly to a point at 49° 14.57' north latitude and 125°46.19' west longitude, thence to a point on Vancouver Island at 49° 14.62' north latitude and 125° 46.15' west longitude, thence following the Vancouver Island shoreline northwesterly to the point of commencement. (NAD 83).
24.7 Hot Springs Cove Dock 24.7.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Hot Springs Cove north of line drawn from a point on Openit Peninsula located at 49°21.66' north latitude and 126°15.94' west longitude true west to a point on the shoreline of Vancouver Island located at 49°21.66' north latitude and 126°16.18' west longitude. [NAD 83]
24.8 Lemmens Inlet, land file #1405436 24.8.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Lemmens Inlet, within a distance of 25 meters from the outer perimeter of the floating living accommodation located at or near 49° 13.49' north latitude and 125° 51.28' west longitude, within aquaculture tenure land file #1405436. [NAD 83]
24.9 East Holmes Inlet, land file #1401290 24.9.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of the east side of Holmes Inlet, within a distance of 125 meters from the outer perimeter of the floating living accommodation located at or near 49° 27.43' north latitude and 126° 14.21' west longitude, within aquaculture tenure land file #1401290. [NAD 83]
24.bb Millar Channel 24.bb.jpeg Those waters of Millar Channel inside a line that begins at a point in water at 49°18.25'N 126°03.94'W then to a point in water at 49°18.21'N 126°01.84'W then to a point in water at 49°17.18'N 126°02.20'W then to a point in water at 49°17.00'N 126°01.98'W then to a point in water at 49°16.82'N 126°01.80'W then to a point in water at 49°16.52'N 126°01.65'W then to a point in water at 49°16.40'N 126°01.62'W then to a point in water at 49°16.26'N 126°01.61'W then to a point in water at 49°16.09'N 126°01.55'W then to a point in water at 49°15.78'N 126°01.51'W then to a point in water at 49°15.23'N 126°01.10'W then to a point in water at 49°14.88'N 126°01.16'W then to a point in water at 49°14.42'N 126°01.63'W then to a point in water at 49°14.34'N 126°02.24'W then to a point in water at 49°15.03'N 126°02.08'W then to a point in water at 49°16.11'N 126°02.18'W then to a point in water at 49°16.56'N 126°02.32'W then to a point in water at 49°16.59'N 126°02.47'W then to a point in water at 49°16.83'N 126°03.01'W then to a point in water at 49°17.12'N 126°03.16'W then to a point in water at 49°17.81'N 126°03.29'W then northwesterly back to the point of commencement. [NAD83].


2017-05-19 15:46:59

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Elysha Gordon
Canadian Shellfish Sanitation Program (CSSP) Coordinator