Area 7 - 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 7 (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
7-3 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 7.3 Higgins Passage Annual Closure
7-4 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 7.26 Suzette Bay Annual Closure
7-5 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 7.1 Trout Bay, Klemtu Annual Closure
7-8 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 7.4 Berry Inlet Annual Closure
7-9 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 7.27 Morris Bay Annual Closure
7-13 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 7.13 Yeo Cove Annual Closure
7.6 Spiller Channel
7-15 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 7.12 Return Cove Annual Closure
7.15 Southeast Chatfield Island
7-17 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 7.19 Lagoon in Gunboat Passage Annual Closure
7.2 Bella Bella
7.22 Fancy Cove
7.28 Lizzie Cove, Hunter Island
7-25 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 7.16 Goose, Duck, Gosling Islands Annual Closure
7.8 Cultus Sound
7-27 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 7.9 Spider Island, Queen's Sound Annual Closure
7-28 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 7.23 Merritt Lagoon Annual Closure
7-30 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 7.7 Bainbridge Cove Annual Closure
7-31 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 7.24 Price Island Annual Closure

Area Descriptions

Closure Map Area Description
7.1 Trout Bay, Klemtu 7.1.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Trout Bay, Klemtu, lying inside a line drawn from Klemtu Point to the northern headland of the bay.
7.12 Return Cove 7.12.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Return Channel lying inside a line drawn from the headland west of McArthur Point, Yeo Island at 52° 18.00' north latitude and 128° 06.95' west longitude, thence southwest to the south end of the foreshore at 52° 17.80' north latitude and 128° 07.10' west longitude. [NAD 27]
7.13 Yeo Cove 7.13.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore near the head of Yeo Cove lying inside a line drawn from a point on land at 52° 18.19' north latitude and 128° 10.66' west longitude, thence southwesterly to a point of land at 52° 17.90' north latitude and 128°11.05' west longitude. (NAD83)
7.15 Southeast Chatfield Island 7.15.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore at the head of the small unnamed cove on the southeastern side of Chatfield Island, inside a line drawn from the rock outcrop at 52° 13.87' north latitude and 128° 05.90' west longitude, thence east to the headland on the eastern side of the cove entrance at 52° 13.95' north latitude and 128° 05.74' west longitude. [NAD 27]
7.16 Goose, Duck, Gosling Islands 7.16.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore lying inside a line drawn from the southwesternmost point of Goose Island to the northernmost tip of Duck Island, thence along the eastern foreshore to the southernmost point of the Island, thence southeasterly to the westernmost point on Gosling Island and continuing north along the western foreshore to the northernmost tip of Gosling Island, thence northwesterly to the headland at 51° 55.98' north latitude and 128° 26.72' west longitude on Goose Island. [NAD 27]
7.19 Lagoon in Gunboat Passage 7.19.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of the unnamed lagoon in Gunboat Passage at the south end of Cunningham Island, lying inside a line drawn from a point on land at 52°10.47' north latitude and 127°58.90' west longitude, thence easterly to a point on land at 52°10.47' north latitude and 127°58.79' west longitude.
7.2 Bella Bella 7.2.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Bella Bella, lying south of a line drawn from the western headland of Cavin Cove to the northern tip of Spirit Island thence to Robins Point, and north of a line drawn from the northern headland of McLoughlin Bay due east to the shore of Denny Island.
7.22 Fancy Cove 7.22.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of the middle arm of Fancy Cove, on Hunter Island, lying inside a line drawn from a point on land located at 52°3.66' north latitude and 128°0.84' west longitude, easterly to a point on land at 52°3.71' north latitude and 128°0.67 west longitude.
7.23 Merritt Lagoon 7.23.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of the northern portion of Merritt Lagoon, in central Hunter Island, lying north of a line drawn from a point of land located at 51°56.67' north latitude and 128°2.51' west longitude on the tip of the headland of the cove, thence easterly to a point on land at 51°56.67' north latitude et 128°2.01' west longitude.
7.24 Price Island 7.24.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of the lagoon and estuary at the mouth of Lipsett and Morley Creeks on the west end of Price Island, lying inside of a line drawn from a point on land located at 52°21.51' north latitude and 128°44.27' west longitude, thence southerly to a point on land located at 52°21.22' north latitude and 128°44.27' west longitude on an unnamed peninsula.
7.26 Suzette Bay 7.26.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of an unnamed bay at the east end of Suzette Bay, on the western shore of Dowager Island, lying inside a line drawn from a point on land located at 52°24.73' north latitude and 128°25.66' west longitude, thence northeasterly to a point on land located at 52°25.06' north latitude and 128°25.12' west longitude.
7.27 Morris Bay 7.27.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Morris Bay, on Lady Douglas Island, lying inside of a line drawn from a point on land located at 52°21.12' north latitude and 128°27.13' west longitude thence easterly to a point on land located at 52°21.05' north latitude and 128°26.61' west longitude.
7.28 Lizzie Cove, Hunter Island 7.28.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Lizzie Cove, Hunter Island, surrounding the floating living accommodations, lying inside a line drawn within a distance of 125 m from the outer perimeter of the floating living accommodations, commencing from a point on land at 52°03.20' north latitude and 128°04.99' west longitude and ending at a point on land at 52°03.04' north latitude and 128°04.81' west longitude. [NAD83]
7.3 Higgins Passage 7.3.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Higgins Passage, at the north end of Price Island, lying inside a line drawn from a point on land at 52° 28.25' north latitude and 128° 39.00' west longitude thence northwesterly to a point on the opposite shore at 52° 28.40' north latitude and 128° 39.10' west longitude [NAD 27].
7.4 Berry Inlet 7.4.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Berry Inlet, at the south end of Don Peninsula, lying inside a line drawn from the headland on the western shore at the entrance to the inlet at 52° 16.15' north latitude and 128° 19.50' west longitude, thence to the northernmost point of the unnamed island immediately north of Evening Island, to a point on the eastern shore at 52° 16.15' north latitude and 128° 19.10' west longitude. [NAD 27]
7.6 Spiller Channel 7.6.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Spiller Channel, at the southeast end of Don Peninsula, lying inside a line drawn from a point on land at 52° 17.50' north latitude and 128° 15.60' west longitude, thence northeasterly to a point on the opposite shore at 52° 17.60' north latitude and 128° 15.49' west longitude. [NAD 27].
7.7 Bainbridge Cove 7.7.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Bainbridge Cove, Cunningham Island, inside a line drawn from the point at the southern end of the cove entrance at 52° 11.62' north latitude and 127° 54.22' west longitude, thence north to the point on the northern end of the cove entrance at 52° 11.75' north latitude and 127° 54.28' west longitude. [NAD 27].
7.8 Cultus Sound 7.8.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Cultus Sound, at the west end of Hunter Island, lying inside a line drawn from a point on land at 51° 53.84' north latitude and 128° 12.50' west longitude, thence northwesterly to the north end of the unnamed island at 51° 53.89' north latitude and 128° 12.60' west longitude, thence westerly to a point on the opposite shore at 51° 53.89' north latitude and 128° 12.90' west longitude. [NAD 27]
7.9 Spider Island, Queen's Sound 7.9.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of the unnamed bay at the south end of Spider Island, on the east side of Queens Sound, lying inside a line drawn from a point on land at 51° 50.20' north latitude and 128° 15.10' west longitude, thence northwesterly to a point on the opposite shore at 51° 50.35' north latitude and 128° 15.20' west longitude. [NAD 27]


2018-01-08 16:17:58

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Elysha Gordon
Canadian Shellfish Sanitation Program (CSSP) Coordinator