Area 29 - 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 29 (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
29-1 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 29.1 Chaster Creek to Gower Point Annual Closure
29.10 Trail Bay
29.4 Sargeant Bay, Sechelt Peninsula
29.7 Wakefield Creek
29.8 Davis Bay
29-2 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 29.1 Chaster Creek to Gower Point Annual Closure
29-3 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 29.3 Sand Heads to U.S. Boundary by Tsawassen Annual Closure
29-4 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 29.5 Whaler Bay, Galiano Island Annual Closure
29.6 Whaler Bay, Galiano Island
29-6 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 29.3 Sand Heads to U.S. Boundary by Tsawassen Annual Closure
29-7 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 29.3 Sand Heads to U.S. Boundary by Tsawassen Annual Closure
29-8 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 29.2 Boundary Bay, Mud and Semiahmoo Bays Annual Closure
29-9 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 29.3 Sand Heads to U.S. Boundary by Tsawassen Annual Closure
29-10 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 29.3 Sand Heads to U.S. Boundary by Tsawassen Annual Closure
29-13 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 29.3 Sand Heads to U.S. Boundary by Tsawassen Annual Closure
29-14 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 29.3 Sand Heads to U.S. Boundary by Tsawassen Annual Closure
29-15 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 29.9 Northwest Langley Annual Closure

Area Descriptions

Closure Map Area Description
29.1 Chaster Creek to Gower Point 29.1.jpeg The intertidal foreshore from the mouth of Chaster Creek to Gower Point.
29.10 Trail Bay 29.10.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Trail Bay in the area of the District of Sechelt inside a line drawn from a point on land at 49°28.12' north latitude and 123º46.82' west longitude at the end of Norwest Bay Road in Sechelt, southeasterly to a point in the water at 49°27.44' north latitude and 123º45.19' west longitude, thence due east to a point on land at 49°27.44' north latitude and 123º44.29' west longitude located at the end of Nestman Road in Selma Park.
29.2 Boundary Bay, Mud and Semiahmoo Bays 29.2.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Boundary Bay, Mud Bay and Semiahmoo Bay, lying inside, that is northerly of the International Boundary Line.
29.3 Sand Heads to U.S. Boundary by Tsawassen 29.3.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore in the Strait of Georgia, lying inside a line drawn from the International Boundary south of Tsawwassen at 49°00.09' north latitude and 123°05.38' west longitude, following the International Boundary through the westerly end of Tsawwassen Causeway to a point in water at 49°00.12' north latitude and 123°09.01' west longitude, thence northwesterly to the light at Sand Heads at 49°06.36' north latitude and 123°18.19' west longitude, thence northwesterly to a point in water at 49°13.09' north latitude and 123°22.71' west longitude, thence northeasterly to the western end of the Fraser River north Arm Jetty at 49°15.54' north latitude and 123°16.97' west longitude, and including the waters of the Fraser River, south of a line drawn from the northern tip of Lulu Island at 49°11.74' north latitude and 122°55.26' west longitude southeasterly to a point on the opposite bank at 49°44.42' north latitude and 122°54.65' west longitude [NAD 83].
29.4 Sargeant Bay, Sechelt Peninsula 29.4.jpeg That portion of Sargeant Bay, Sechelt Peninsula, within a 300 m radius of the mouth of the unnamed creek entering the northernmost area of the bay.
29.5 Whaler Bay, Galiano Island 29.5.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Whaler Bay, Galiano Island, lying inside, that is southeast of a line drawn 265° True from Cain Point to the western shore of Galiano Island.
29.6 Whaler Bay, Galiano Island 29.6.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Galiano Island lying west of a line drawn from Twiss Point at 48°53.59' north latitude and 123°20.08' west longitude thence southwesterly to a point of land marking the entrance to Murchison Cove at 48°53.41' north latitude and 123°20.15' west longitude.
29.7 Wakefield Creek 29.7.jpeg The intertidal waters at the mouth of Wakefield Creek from a point on land at the base of Mason Road at 49° 28.06' north latitude and 123° 48.09' west longitude, thence westerly along the edge of the intertidal zone to a point of land at 49° 28.07' north latitude and 123° 48.48' west longitude (NAD83).
29.8 Davis Bay 29.8.jpeg The intertidal foreshore of Davis Bay, located southeast of Sechelt, west of a line drawn due south from an unnamed point on the east side of Chapman Creek at 49°26.31' north latitude and 123°43.42' west longitude, thence northerly and westerly along the low tide mark to a point where a line drawn due west from the culvert at 49°26.52' north latitude and 123°43.69' west longitude intersects the low tide mark. [NAD 83]
29.9 Northwest Langley 29.9.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of the Fraser River, lying inside a line drawn from the mouth of Yorkson Creek at 49° 11.75' north latitude and 122° 39.26' west longitude, thence northwesterly across Derby Reach to a point on land at 49° 12.09' north latitude and 122° 39.50' west longitude, thence easterly following the shoreline to a point on land at 49° 12.00' north latitude and 122° 40.52' west longitude, thence southeasterly across Bishops Reach to a point on Barnston Island west of Mann Point at 49° 11.67' north latitude and 122° 40.59' west longitude, thence westerly following the shoreline to a point on Barnston Island east of Mann Point at 49° 11.43' north latitude and 122° 40.68' west longitude, thence southeasterly across Parsons Channel to a point on land at 49° 11.26' north latitude and 122° 40.45' west longitude, thence northeasterly following the shoreline to the point of commencement (NAD 83).


2018-01-08 16:19:36

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Elysha Gordon
Canadian Shellfish Sanitation Program (CSSP) Coordinator