Area 4 - Sanitary contamination closures
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.
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.
Because of the risk of sanitary contamination, bivalve shellfish harvesting (for any purpose) is permanently closed within the following boundaries:
- 300 metres around industrial, municipal and sewage treatment plant outfall discharges
- 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|
|4-9||Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31||4.2 Hunt Inlet, Porcher Island||Annual Closure|
|4.5 West Digby Island, Chatham Sound|
|4-10||Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31||4.3 Prince Rupert Harbour||Annual Closure|
|4-11||Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31||4.3 Prince Rupert Harbour||Annual Closure|
|4-12||Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31||4.1 Humpback Bay, Porcher Island||Annual Closure|
|4.3 Prince Rupert Harbour|
|4.1 Humpback Bay, Porcher Island||4.1.jpeg||The waters and intertidal foreshore of Humpback Bay, Porcher Island, inside a line drawn from the point at the western shore at 54°04.88'north latitude and 130°23.15' west longitude, east to the opposite shore at 54° 04.90' north latitude and 130° 23.07' west longitude [NAD 83].|
|4.2 Hunt Inlet, Porcher Island||4.2.jpeg||The waters and intertidal foreshore of Hunt Inlet, Porcher Island, inside a line drawn from the headland at the western entrance to the inlet at 54° 04.60' north latitude and 130° 26.98' west longitude, thence northeast to the headland on the opposite side at 54° 04.88' north latitude and 130° 26.83' west longitude [NAD 83].|
|4.3 Prince Rupert Harbour||4.3.jpeg||The waters and intertidal foreshore of Prince Rupert Harbour [except those waters west of a line drawn from a point of land on Digby Island east of Auriol Pt. at 54° 19.78' north latitude and 130° 25.67' west longitude, thence southeast across Venn Passage to a flashing light marker on the opposite shore at 54° 19.40' north latitude and 130° 24.46' west longitude, thence southwest to a point on land on Digby Island at 54° 19.00' north latitude and 130° 24.86' west longitude (all NAD 27)], bounded at the northwest entrance by a line drawn from Observation Point across Venn Passage to a point on land west of Auriol Pt. on Digby Island at 54° 19.75' north latitude and 130° 26.44' west longitude (NAD 27); and bounded at the northeast entrance by a line drawn from Schrieber Point to Ritchie Point; and bounded at the southern entrance by a line drawn from Lima Point thence southeast to a red buoy (designated D18) located directly south of Kitson Island, thence northeast to a flashing light at Inverness Passage at 54° 11.95' north latitude and 130° 15.82' west longitude (NAD 83), thence northwestward along the intertidal foreshore to a point on land at 54° 12.72' north latitude and 130° 17.25' west longitude (NAD 83) thence across to the northernmost point on Lelu Island, thence westward to the westernmost point on Lelu Island, thence northwest across Porpoise Channel to the southernmost point on Ridley Island.|
|4.5 West Digby Island, Chatham Sound||4.5.jpeg||The waters and intertidal foreshore of Chatham Sound within a radius of 880 m of the wastewater outfall terminus at 54° 17.26' north latitude and 130° 27.36' west longitude, extending northwesterly along the shore of Digby Island to 54°17.57' north latitude and 130° 27.96' west longitude, and southeasterly along the shore of Digby Island to 54° 16.91' north latitude and 130° 26.82' west longitude. [NAD 83]|
Canadian Shellfish Sanitation Program (CSSP) Coordinator
- By phone: 250-756-7192
- By email: Elysha.Gordon@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
- By fax: 250-756-7162
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