Area 25 - 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 25 (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
25-3 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 25.14 Mooyah Bay Dock Annual Closure
25.27 Ous Point
25.8 Kleeptee Creek
25-4 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 25.19 Allman Lagoon Annual Closure
25.20 Valdes Bay
25.22 Galiano Bay
25.24 West side of Hisnit Inlet, Nootka Sound
25.7 Three Cove Bay
25-5 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 25.32 Head Bay, Tlupana Inlet Annual Closure
25.33 Moutcha Bay, Tlupana Inlet
25.34 Moutcha Bay, Tlupana Inlet
25.42 Unnamed Bay, west side of Head Bay
25-6 Closed May 31 to Sep 30 25.A Santa Gertrudis Cove, Nootka Island Seasonal Closure
Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 25.1 Friendly Cove, Nootka Island Annual Closure
25.11 Bodega Island
25.25 Bligh Island, land file #1408086
25.26 Plumper Harbour, land file #1406265
25.28 Plumper Harbour, Nootka Island
25.29 Marvinas Bay, Nootka Island
25.3 Kendrick Inlet, Nootka Island
25.30 Northwest side of Bligh Island
25-8 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 25.21 Jewitt Cove Annual Closure
25-9 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 25.15 Ceepeecee Annual Closure
25.16 Esperanza
25.41 Unnamed Bay, Southwest shore of Hecate Channel
25-11 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 25.17 Espinosa Dock Annual Closure
25.35 Newton Cove, Espinosa Inlet
25.40 Unnamed bay, Southwestern side of Espinosa Inlet
25-12 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 25.12 Queen Cove Annual Closure
25.18 Queens Cove Dock
25.36 A portion of Eliza Island
25.37 Northeastern side of Port Eliza Inlet
25.38 Northwestern side of Port Eliza Inlet
25.6 Port Eliza, Esperanza Inlet
25-13 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 25.39 Northwestern side of Esperanza Inlet Annual Closure
25-14 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 25.5 Inner Basin, Nootka Island Annual Closure
25-16 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 25.43 Head of Tahsis Inlet Annual Closure

Area Descriptions

Closure Map Area Description
25.1 Friendly Cove, Nootka Island 25.1.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Friendly Cove, lying inside a line drawn from the westernmost tip of the unnamed island north of San Rafael Island at 49° 35.63' north latitude and 126° 36.92' west longitude, and thence due north to a point on land on Nootka Island at 49° 35.81' north latitude and 126° 36.92' west longitude. (NAD 83) January 1 to December 31.
25.11 Bodega Island 25.11.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore west of Bodega Island, inside a line drawn from a point of land at 49°44.77' north latitude and 126°38.38' west longitude, thence southeasterly to the easternmost tip of the 54 m high unnamed island at 49°44.70' north latitude and 126°38.33' west longitude, thence southerly to a point of land on Bodega Island at 49°44.65' north latitude and 126°38.31' west longitude, thence following the western shoreline of Bodega Island to a point on land at 49°43.82' north latitude and 126°38.27' west longitude, thence due west to a point on land at 49°43.82' north latitude and 126°38.30' west longitude, thence northerly along the shoreline to the point of commencement. [NAD 83]
25.12 Queen Cove 25.12.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore at the head of Queen Cove, from a point on land on the east side of the cove at 49° 52.44' north latitude and 126° 58.89' west longitude, thence in a straight line northwesterly to a point on land on the west side of the cove at 49° 52.58' north latitude and 126° 59.17' west longitude. (NAD 83)
25.14 Mooyah Bay Dock 25.14.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Mooyah Bay, Nootka Sound, within 125 m of the point where the dock meets the land at 49°37.87' north latitude and 126°27.35' west longitude.
25.15 Ceepeecee 25.15.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore at Ceepeecee, Esperanza Inlet, northerly of a straight line drawn from a point of land at 49°52.37' north latitude and 126°43.00' west longitude thence southeasterly to a point on land at 49°52.32' north latitude and 126°42.68' west longitude.
25.16 Esperanza 25.16.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore at the community of Esperanza, Esperanza Inlet, within a 300 m radius of a point at the mouth of Cover Creek located at 49°52.30' north latitude and 126°44.59' west longitude.
25.17 Espinosa Dock 25.17.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore near the head of Espinosa Inlet, within 125 m of the point where the dock meets the land at 49°59.17' north latitude and 126°56.22' west longitude.
25.18 Queens Cove Dock 25.18.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore at the community of Queens Cove, Port Eliza, within 125 m of the point where the dock meets the land at 49°52.42' north latitude and 126°58.76' west longitude.
25.19 Allman Lagoon 25.19.jpeg The intertidal foreshore surrounding the unnamed group of islands south of the entrance to Allman Lagoon. The group of islands is 67 meters in height, and is centered at 49° 42.10' north latitude and 126° 31.78' west longitude (NAD83).
25.20 Valdes Bay 25.20.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Valdes Bay, east of a line drawn from a point of land at 49° 43.80' north latitude and 126° 29.32' west longitude northwesterly to a point of land at 49° 43.91' north latitude and 126° 29.45' west longitude (NAD83)
25.21 Jewitt Cove 25.21.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Jewitt Cove, Strange Island, south of a line drawn from a point of land at 49° 41.52' north latitude and 126° 36.10' west longitude true west to a point on land at 49° 41.52' north latitude and 126° 36.20' west longitude (NAD83).
25.22 Galiano Bay 25.22.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Galiano Bay, southeast of a line drawn from a point of land at 49° 43.14' north latitude and 126° 28.00' west longitude southwesterly to a point of land at 49° 42.75' north latitude and 126° 28.69' west longitude (NAD83).
25.24 West side of Hisnit Inlet, Nootka Sound 25.24.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore on the west side of Hisnit Inlet, west of a line drawn from a point of land at 49°44.55' north latitude and 126°31.17' west longitude, thence southerly to a point on land at 49°44.33' north latitude and 126°31.15' west longitude. [NAD 83]
25.25 Bligh Island, land file #1408086 25.25.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Bligh Island, within a distance of 25 meters from the outer perimeter of the floating living accommodation located at or near 49° 39.34' north latitude and 126° 32.60' west longitude, within aquaculture tenure land file #1408086. [NAD 83]
25.26 Plumper Harbour, land file #1406265 25.26.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Plumper Harbour, Kendrick Inlet, within a distance of 125 meters from the outer perimeter of the floating living accommodation located at or near 49° 41.64' north latitude and 126° 38.12' west longitude, adjacent to aquaculture tenure land file #1406265. (NAD 83)
25.27 Ous Point 25.27.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of the bay south of Ous Point, Nootka Sound, east of a line drawn from Ous Point at 49°38.10' north latitude and 126°21.26' west longitude, thence due south to a point on land at 49°37.87' north latitude and 126°21.26' west longitude. (NAD 83)
25.28 Plumper Harbour, Nootka Island 25.28.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore at the southern end of Plumper Harbour on Nootka Island, lying within a distance of 240 m of the head of the unnamed cove located at 49°41.37' north latitude and 126°37.78' west longitude. The radius intersects the Nootka Island shore at 49°41.43' north latitude and 126°37.96' west longitude and 49°41.43' north latitude and 126°37.61' west longitude and the Funter Island Shore at 49°41.50' north latitude and 126°37.78' west longitude and 49°41.48' north latitude and 126°37.67' west longitude. [NAD 83]
25.29 Marvinas Bay, Nootka Island 25.29.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore in Marvinas Bay, Nootka Island, within a distance of 125 m from the outer perimeter of the floating living accommodation located at or near 49°39.71' north latitude and 126°37.44' west longitude. [NAD 83]
25.3 Kendrick Inlet, Nootka Island 25.3.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Kendrick Inlet, Nootka Island, within a 300 meter radius of the logging camp dock at 49° 43.40' north latitude and 126° 38.99' west longitude. (NAD 83)
25.30 Northwest side of Bligh Island 25.30.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore in the bay on the northwest side of Bligh Island inside a line from a point of land on Bligh Island at 49°39.86' north latitude and 126°31.90' west longitude southwesterly to the northernmost point on the unnamed islet at 49°39.82' north latitude and 126°32.00' west longitude, thence following the eastern shoreline to the southwesternmost point of the islet at 49°39.77' north latitude and 126°32.04' west longitude, thence southeasterly to a point of land at 49°39.72' north latitude and 126°31.98' west longitude on Bligh Island, and thence following the shoreline to the point of commencement. [NAD 83]
25.32 Head Bay, Tlupana Inlet 25.32.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore in Head Bay, Tlupana Inlet, within a distance of 125 m from the foot of the Canton Creek Lodge dock located at 49° 47.78' north latitude and 126° 28.88' west longitude.(NAD 83)
25.33 Moutcha Bay, Tlupana Inlet 25.33.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore surrounding the Moutcha Bay Lodge site in Tlupana Inlet, lying inside a line drawn in a 125 m radius from any point on the perimeter of the infrastructure encompassing the dock, sewage outfall pipe, and fish holding pens at the Conuma hatchery docks. The closure commences from a point on land in the west at 49° 47.31' north latitude and 126° 27.83' west longitude, ending at a point on land in the east at 49° 47.36' north latitude and 126° 27.30' west longitude. (NAD 83)
25.34 Moutcha Bay, Tlupana Inlet 25.34.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Moutcha Bay, Tlupana Inlet, inside a line drawn from the point on land located at 49° 47.40' north latitude and 126° 27.07' west longitude, thence southeasterly to a point on land located at 49° 47.09' north latitude and 126° 26.79' west longitude.' (NAD 83)
25.35 Newton Cove, Espinosa Inlet 25.35.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Newton Cove, on the southwest side of Espinosa Inlet, within a distance of 500 m from the outer perimeter of the floating living accommodation located at or near 49°52.45' north latitude and 126°56.58' west longitude. [NAD 83]
25.36 A portion of Eliza Island 25.36.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore east of Eliza Island, inside a line drawn from a point of land on the northeastern tip of Eliza Island at 49°52.88' north latitude and 127°00.43' west longitude, thence southerly following along the eastern shoreline of Eliza Island to a point on land at 49°52.66' north latitude and 127°00.15' west longitude, thence easterly to a point on land on Vancouver Island at 49°52.69' north latitude and 126°59.96' west longitude, thence northwesterly following the shoreline to a point on land at 49°52.91' north latitude and 127°00.37' west longitude, thence westerly to the point of commencement. [NAD 83]
25.37 Northeastern side of Port Eliza Inlet 25.37.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore on the northeastern side of Port Eliza Inlet, within a 175 m radius of a point on land located at 49°55.24' north latitude and 127°01.56' west longitude. This radius intersects the shoreline at 49°55.29' north latitude and 127°01.69' west longitude and 49°55.16' north latitude and 127°01.49' west longitude. [NAD 83]
25.38 Northwestern side of Port Eliza Inlet 25.38.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore on the northwestern side of Port Eliza Inlet, within a 260 m radius of a point on land at the mouth of an unnamed creek located at 49°54.73' north latitude and 127°02.12' west longitude. This radius intersects the shoreline at 49°54.87' north latitude and 127°02.18' west longitude and 49°54.59' north latitude and 127°02.07' west longitude. [NAD 83]
25.39 Northwestern side of Esperanza Inlet 25.39.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore on the northwestern side of Esperanza Inlet, within a 290 m radius of a point on land located at 49°51.52' north latitude and 126°57.19' west longitude. This radius intersects the shoreline at 49°51.59' north latitude and 126°56.97' west longitude and 49°51.39' north latitude and 127°57.35' west longitude. [NAD 83]
25.40 Unnamed bay, Southwestern side of Espinosa Inlet 25.40.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of an unnamed bay on the southwestern side of Espinosa Inlet, inside a line drawn from a point on land located at 49°54.18' north latitude and 126°56.40' west longitude, thence southeasterly to a point on land at 49°53.92' north latitude and 126°56.26' west longitude. [NAD 83]
25.41 Unnamed Bay, Southwest shore of Hecate Channel 25.41.jpeg The intertidal foreshore of the estuary of a small bay on the southwest shore of Hecate Channel, just west of McBride Bay, inside a line drawn from a point on land located at 49°51.49' north latitude and 126°45.19' west longitude, thence following the intertidal shoreline southeasterly to a point on land at 49°51.39' north latitude and 126°45.08' west longitude. [NAD 83]
25.42 Unnamed Bay, west side of Head Bay 25.42.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of the small bay at the west side of Head Bay, from a point on land at 49°47.47' north latitude and 126°29.45' west longitude, thence southeasterly to a point on land at 49°47.27' north latitude and 126°29.33' west longitude.' [NAD 83]
25.43 Head of Tahsis Inlet 25.43.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore at the head of Tahsis Inlet, inside a line drawn from a point of land at 49°54.60' north latitude and 126°38.96' west longitude thence southwesterly to a point of land at 49°54.32' north latitude and 126°39.79' west longitude. [NAD 83]
25.5 Inner Basin, Nootka Island 25.5.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore at the head of Inner Basin, Nootka Island lying inside a line drawn from the headland on the north side at 49°48.10' north latitude and 126°47.06' west longitude, thence south to a point on land at 49°47.76' north latitude and 126°47.06' west longitude [NAD 27].
25.6 Port Eliza, Esperanza Inlet 25.6.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore at the mouth of the unnamed creek on the west side of Port Eliza, inside a line drawn from a point of land at 49°56.08' north latitude and 127°02.85' west longitude, thence southerly following the low water mark to a point on land at 49°55.87' north latitude and 127°02.76' west longitude. [NAD 83]
25.7 Three Cove Bay 25.7.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Three Cove Bay, east of the narrow entrance with a northern boundary of 49°41.51' north latitude, 126°29.52' west longitude, and a southern boundary of 49° 41.49' north latitude, 126°29.53' west longitude [NAD 83].
25.8 Kleeptee Creek 25.8.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore fronting Kleeptee Creek in Williamson Passage, inside of a line from a point on land at 49° 39.49' north latitude and 126° 22.78' west longitude, thence northwesterly across the bay to a point on land at 49° 39.85' north latitude and 126° 23.01' west longitude (NAD83).
25.A Santa Gertrudis Cove, Nootka Island 25.A.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Santa Gertrudis Cove, Nootka Island, inside a line drawn from the point at the southern end of the cove entrance at 49°36.23' north latitude and 126°36.85' west longitude to the point on the northern end of the cove entrance at 49°36.10' north latitude and 126°36.90' west longitude [NAD 27].


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