Area 27 - 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 27 (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
27-3 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 27.14 Head of Ahwhichaolto Inlet Annual Closure
27.4 Winter Harbour
27-7 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 27.1 Cleagh Creek, Quatsino Sound Annual Closure
27.11 Koprino Harbour, Quatsino Sound
27.13 Bish Creek, Quatsino Sound
27.2 Mahatta River, Quatsino Sound
27.3 Koprino Harbour, Quatsino Sound
27-8 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 27.15 Northeast side of Smith Cove, Quatsino Sound Annual Closure
27-9 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 27.6 Hectate Cove, Quatsino Sound Annual Closure
27-10 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 27.12 Holberg Inlet, Apple Bay and Coal Harbour Annual Closure
27-11 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 27.12 Holberg Inlet, Apple Bay and Coal Harbour Annual Closure
27.5 Holberg Inlet
27.9 Jules Bay

Area Descriptions

Closure Map Area Description
27.1 Cleagh Creek, Quatsino Sound 27.1.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of the bay at the mouth of Cleagh Creek,Quatsino Sound, lying inside a line drawn from the eastern headland to the western headland of the bay.
27.11 Koprino Harbour, Quatsino Sound 27.11.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of eastern Koprino Harbour, Quatsino Sound, lying east of a line drawn from a point of land at 50°30.34' north latitude and 127°50.71'west longitude, thence southeasterly to a point of land at 50°30.19' north latitude and 127°50.57' west longitude. (NAD83).; The waters and intertidal foreshore of eastern Koprino Harbour, Quatsino Sound, lying east of a line drawn from a point of land at 50° 30.34' north latitude and 127° 50.71' west longitude, thence southwesterly to the northern tip of Diggs Islet at 50° 30.14' north latitude and 127° 51.07' west longitude, then following the shoreline southerly to the southeastern tip of Diggs Islet at 50° 30.07' north latitude and 127° 51.11' west longitude, thence southeasterly to Skedin Islet at 50° 30.02' north latitude and 127° 51.00' west longitude, then easterly to the northern tip of Linthlop Islet at 50° 30.05' north latitude and 127° 50.61' west longitude, thence due north to a point of land at 50° 30.18' north latitude and 127° 50.61' west longitude (NAD 83). January 1 to December 31
27.12 Holberg Inlet, Apple Bay and Coal Harbour 27.12.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Holberg Inlet, including Apple Bay and Coal Harbour, from a point on land northwest of the Nuknimish Creek mouth at 50°36.37' north latitude and 127°40.00' west longitude, thence easterly following the shoreline to a point of land east of Hankin Point at 50°34.28' north latitude and 127°32.86' west longitude, thence southwesterly to Sorenson Point at 50°33.47' north latitude and 127°33.63' west longitude, thence following the shoreline northwesterly to a point on land at 50°35.00' north latitude and 127°40.00' west longitude, thence due north to the point of commencement. [NAD8]
27.13 Bish Creek, Quatsino Sound 27.13.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore in the estuary of Bish Creek, Quatsino Sound, north of a line drawn from a point on land at 50° 30.77' north latitude and 127° 44.19' west longitude, thence following the intertidal foreshore easterly to a point on land at 50° 30.82' north latitude and 127° 43.40' west longitude (NAD 83).
27.14 Head of Ahwhichaolto Inlet 27.14.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore at the head of Ahwhichaolto Inlet, east of a line drawn from a point on land at 50° 31.20' north latitude and 127° 54.02' west longitude, thence northeasterly to a point of land at 50° 31.33' north latitude and 127° 53.90' west longitude (NAD 83).
27.15 Northeast side of Smith Cove, Quatsino Sound 27.15.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore on the northeast side of Smith Cove, Quatsino Sound, within a distance of 125 m from the outer perimeter of the floating living accommodation located at or near 50°29.12' north latitude and 127°35.06' west longitude. [NAD 83]
27.2 Mahatta River, Quatsino Sound 27.2.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore lying within an 800 m radius of the creek entering at the settlement of Mahatta River, Quatsino Sound.
27.3 Koprino Harbour, Quatsino Sound 27.3.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of western Koprino Harbour, Quatsino Sound, lying inside a line drawn from the entrance to Spencer Cove at 50°30.00 north latitude and 127°52.60 minutes west longitude, thence easterly to the most northern point of Schloss Island at 50°29.99 minutes north latitude and 127°51.76 minutes west longitude, thence northerly to a point on land northwest of Jones Rock at 50°30.22 minutes north latitude and 127°51.64 minutes west longitude. (NAD 83)
27.4 Winter Harbour 27.4.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Winter Harbour lying north of a line drawn from Greenwood Point at 50° 30.58' north latitude and 128° 01.59' west longitude, thence due east to the mouth of Quashtin Creek at 50° 30.58' north latitude and 128° 01.20' west longitude, and west and south of a line drawn from a point of land east of Galato Creek at 50° 31.96' north latitude and 128° 00.84' west longitude, thence southeasterly to a point of land on the opposite shore at 50° 31.67' north latitude and 128° 00.55' west longitude. (NAD 83)
27.5 Holberg Inlet 27.5.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore at the head of Holberg Inlet.
27.6 Hectate Cove, Quatsino Sound 27.6.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Hecate Cove, Quatsino Sound, lying inside a line drawn from the point of land on the eastern side of the entrance to the cove at 50°32.47 minutes north latitude and 127°35.55 minutes west longitude, thence westerly to a point on land on the opposite shore on the western side of the cove at 50°32.47 minutes north latitude and 127°36.06 minutes west longitude. (NAD 83)
27.9 Jules Bay 27.9.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Jules Bay, from Dahlstrom Point thence easterly to a point on land at 50 ° 35.24' north latitude and 127 ° 44.36' west longitude. (NAD 83)


2018-01-08 16:19:24

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Elysha Gordon
Canadian Shellfish Sanitation Program (CSSP) Coordinator