Area 26 - 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 26 (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
26-2 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 26.25 Union Island, Kyuquot Sound Annual Closure
26-3 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 26.10 Cachalot Inlet, Kyuquot Sound Annual Closure
26-4 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 26.1 Yaku Bay, Tahsish Inlet, Kyuquot Sound Annual Closure
26-5 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 26.18 Chamiss Creek Annual Closure
26.2 Hankin Cove, Kashutl Inlet
26.9 Chamiss Bay, Kashutl Inlet
26-6 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 26.23 West side of Union Island, Kyuquot Sound Annual Closure
26.24 West side of Union Island, Kyuquot Sound
26.3 Mckay Cove, Kyuquot Sound
26.4 Walters cove, Kyuquot Sound
26-8 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 26.21 Entrance to Malksope Inlet Annual Closure
26.22 Bunsby Islands
Closed Nov 20 to 26.5 Head of Malksope Inlet Annual Closure
26-9 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 26.20 Ououkinsh Inlet Annual Closure

Area Descriptions

Closure Map Area Description
26.1 Yaku Bay, Tahsish Inlet, Kyuquot Sound 26.1.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Yaku Bay westerly of a line from a point on land at 50°06.23' north latitude and 127°09.12' west longitude to a point of land at the western entrance of the unnamed bay at 50°06.38' north latitude and 127°08.87' west longitude. [NAD 83]
26.10 Cachalot Inlet, Kyuquot Sound 26.10.jpeg The intertidal foreshore of Cachalot Inlet, east of a line drawn from the prominent point of land at 49°59.90' north latitude and 127° 08.99' west longitude, thence in a straight line north to a point on land on the opposite shore at 49°59.98' north latitude and 127° 08.99' west longitude. (NAD 83)
26.18 Chamiss Creek 26.18.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore at the mouth of Chamiss Creek, inside a line drawn from a point on land at 50°04.41' north latitude and 127°17.16' west longitude, thence north easterly to a point on land at 50°04.58' north latitude and 127°16.74' west longitude. (NAD 83)
26.2 Hankin Cove, Kashutl Inlet 26.2.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore at the head of Hankin Cove southerly of a line from a point of land on the eastern foreshore at 50°06.37' north latitude and 127°13.15' west longitude thence due west to a point on land on the opposite shore at 50°06.37' north latitude and 127°13.28' west longitude. [NAD 83]
26.20 Ououkinsh Inlet 26.20.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore at the head of Ououkinsh Inlet, from a point of land south of the Power River at 50° 10.40' north latitude and 127° 28.61' west longitude, thence northeasterly to a point of land south of the Ououkinsh River at 50° 10.68' north latitude and 127° 27.22' west longitude. (NAD 83)
26.21 Entrance to Malksope Inlet 26.21.jpeg The intertidal foreshore at the estuary on the east side of the entrance to Malksope Inlet, shoreward of a line drawn from a point on land at 50°06.77' north latitude and 127°28.73' west longitude, thence southwesterly to a point of land at 50°06.48' north latitude and 127°28.88' west longitude. (NAD 83)
26.22 Bunsby Islands 26.22.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore amongst the group of unnamed islets on the northeast side of the easternmost Bunsby Island, inside a line commencing at a point of land at 50°06.90' north latitude and 127°30.56' west longitude, thence following the shoreline southeasterly to a point of land at 50°06.49' north latitude and 127°30.14' west longitude, thence easterly to a point of land on the unnamed islet at 50°06.50' north latitude and 127°29.99' west longitude, thence following the shoreline northerly to a point on land at 50°06.65' north latitude and 127°29.96' west longitude, thence due north to a point of land at 50°06.88' north latitude and 127°29.96' west longitude, thence northwesterly following the shoreline to a point of land at 50°07.04' north latitude and 127°30.27' west longitude, thence in a straight line southwesterly to the point of commencement. (NAD 83)
26.23 West side of Union Island, Kyuquot Sound 26.23.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore on the west side of Union Island, Kyuquot Sound, within a distance of 125 m from the outer perimeter of the floating living accommodation located at or near 50°01.06' north latitude and 127°18.93' west longitude. [NAD 83]
26.24 West side of Union Island, Kyuquot Sound 26.24.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore on the west side of Union Island, Kyuquot Sound, within a distance of 125 m from the outer perimeter of the floating living accommodation located at or near 50°01.06' north latitude and 127°19.00' west longitude. [NAD 83]
26.25 Union Island, Kyuquot Sound 26.25.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of the unnamed bay north of Unsworth Point, on eastern Union Island, Kyuquot Sound, southerly of a line drawn from a point on land at 50°01.28' north latitude and 127°13.98' west longitude, thence northwest to a point of land at 50°01.43' north latitude and 127°14.22' west longitude. [NAD 83]
26.3 Mckay Cove, Kyuquot Sound 26.3.jpeg The intertidal foreshore at the head of McKay Cove, Kyuquot Sound.
26.4 Walters cove, Kyuquot Sound 26.4.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Walters Cove, Kyuquot Sound, lying inside a line drawn from the western headland of Walters Cove at 50°01.72' north latitude and 127°23.62' west longitude to the Gayward Rock light at 50°01.27' north latitude and 127° 23.49' west longitude, thence to the southeastern tip of Rolston Island at 50°01.24' north latitude and 127°21.78' west longitude, thence northeast to a point of land at 50°01.37' north latitude and 127°21.53' west longitude, thence following the shoreline northwards to a point of land at 50°01.72' north latitude and 127°21.55' west longitude, thence north to a point of land at 50°01.89' north latitude and 127°21.52' west longitude, thence following the shoreline to the point of commencement. [NAD 83].
26.5 Head of Malksope Inlet 26.5.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of the eastern end of Malksope Inlet, southeast of a line drawn from a point on land at 50°07.86' north latitude and 127°25.27' west longitude, thence southwesterly to a point of land at 50°07.48' north latitude and 127°27.03' west longitude. [NAD 83]
26.9 Chamiss Bay, Kashutl Inlet 26.9.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Chamiss Bay westerly of a line from a point of land at 50°04.41' north latitude and 127°17.16' west longitude thence southeasterly to a headland at 50°03.96' north latitude and 127°16.91' west longitude. [NAD 83]


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Elysha Gordon
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