Area 28 - 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 28 (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
28-1 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 28.3 Gower Point to Soames Point, Gibsons Landing Annual Closure
28.4 Port Graves, Gambier Island
28.5 Camp Fircom, Halkett Bay, Gambier Island
28.9 Grafton Bay, Bowen Island
28-2 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 28.2 Horseshoe Bay Annual Closure
28.8 Mannion Bay (Deep Bay) Bowen Island
28-3 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 28.6 McNab Creek Annual Closure
28-4 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 28.7 Potlatch Creek Annual Closure
28-5 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 28.10 Squamish Harbour Annual Closure
28-6 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 28.1 Burrard Inlet, Indian Arm and Vancouver Harbour Annual Closure
28-7 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 28.1 Burrard Inlet, Indian Arm and Vancouver Harbour Annual Closure
28-8 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 28.1 Burrard Inlet, Indian Arm and Vancouver Harbour Annual Closure
28-9 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 28.1 Burrard Inlet, Indian Arm and Vancouver Harbour Annual Closure
28-10 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 28.1 Burrard Inlet, Indian Arm and Vancouver Harbour Annual Closure
28-11 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 28.1 Burrard Inlet, Indian Arm and Vancouver Harbour Annual Closure
28-12 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 28.1 Burrard Inlet, Indian Arm and Vancouver Harbour Annual Closure
28-14 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 28.11 Burrard Inlet / Indian Arm Annual Closure

Area Descriptions

Closure Map Area Description
28.1 Burrard Inlet, Indian Arm and Vancouver Harbour 28.1.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Burrard Inlet, Indian Arm and Vancouver Harbour lying inside, that is easterly and northerly, of a line drawn from the western end of the Fraser River North Arm Jetty to Point Atkinson.
28.10 Squamish Harbour 28.10.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Squamish harbour north of a line drawn from a point of land on the western shore at 49° 40.90' north latitude and 123° 11.41' west longitude, thence easterly to a point of land on the eastern shore at 49° 40.68' north latitude and 125° 55.67' west longitude (NAD83).
28.11 Burrard Inlet / Indian Arm 28.11.jpeg Subarea 28-14 described as the head of Indian Arm north of a line drawn from a point on land at Iron Bay at 49° 27.46' north latitude and 122° 52.24' west longitude, thence in a westerly direction to a point on land on the opposite shore at 49° 27.42' north latitude and 122° 53.10' west longitude.' [NAD83]
28.2 Horseshoe Bay 28.2.jpeg That portion of Horseshoe Bay, lying inside a line drawn due east from the northern tip of Tyee Point to the opposite shore of Horseshoe Bay.
28.3 Gower Point to Soames Point, Gibsons Landing 28.3.jpeg The intertidal foreshore from Gower Point to Soames Point, Gibsons Landing.
28.4 Port Graves, Gambier Island 28.4.jpeg The intertidal foreshore at the head of Port Graves, Gambier Island.
28.5 Camp Fircom, Halkett Bay, Gambier Island 28.5.jpeg The intertidal foreshore lying within a 200 m radius of the Camp Fircom sewage outfall, Halkett Bay, Gambier Island.
28.6 McNab Creek 28.6.jpeg That portion of the intertidal foreshore known as McNab Creek.
28.7 Potlatch Creek 28.7.jpeg The intertidal foreshore lying 200 m to the west and 400 m to the east of the mouth of Potlatch Creek.
28.8 Mannion Bay (Deep Bay) Bowen Island 28.8.jpeg The intertidal foreshore of Deep Bay, Bowen Island, lying inside a line drawn from the red navigation beacon on the south shore of Deep Bay to the foot of Ocean View Road
28.9 Grafton Bay, Bowen Island 28.9.jpeg The intertidal foreshore at the mouth of Grafton Creek, Grafton Bay, Bowen Island.


2018-01-08 16:19:31

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Elysha Gordon
Canadian Shellfish Sanitation Program (CSSP) Coordinator