Bivalve shellfish contamination closures

Eating contaminated shellfish can be life threatening!

It is both illegal and unsafe to harvest shellfish from closed or contaminated areas. Eating shellfish with high levels of certain toxins can lead to serious and potentially fatal illnesses such as: Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP), Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning (ASP) and Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning (DSP) or Vibrio. Always check for marine biotoxin and sanitary contamination closure for the area where you are intending on harvesting. Closures can change often throughout the year.

Where are you planning to harvest?

Click on the link for the area you are planning to harvest to get current information about contamination closures for all bivalve shellfish.

City, town or landmark Tidal area Biotoxin closures Sanitary closures
Portland Inlet, Alaska border Area 0003, 103 Area 0003, 103 - Biotoxin Area 0003, 103 - Sanitary
Banks Island Area 0005, 105 Area 0005, 105 - Biotoxin Area 0005, 105 - Sanitary
Bella Bella, Denny Island Area 0007, 107 Area 0007, 107 - Biotoxin Area 0007, 107 - Sanitary
Bella Coola, Fitz Hugh Sound Area 0008, 108 Area 0008, 108 - Biotoxin Area 0008, 108 - Sanitary
Bramham Point, Cape Caution Area 0011, 111 Area 00011, 111 - Biotoxin Area 00011, 111 - Sanitary
Campbell River, Cortes Island, Quadra Island, Sonora Island Area 0013 Area 00013 - Biotoxin Area 00013 - Sanitary
Cape Scott, Quatsino Area 0027, 127 Area 00027, 127 - Biotoxin Area 00027, 127 - Sanitary
Comox, Denman Island, Hornby Island, Parksville Area 0014 Area 00014 - Biotoxin Area 00014 - Sanitary
Delta, Ladner, Richmond, Tsawassen Area 0029 Area 00029 - Biotoxin Area 00029 - Sanitary
Fraser River Area 0029 Area 00029 - Biotoxin Area 00029 - Sanitary
Graham Island Area 0001, 101 Area 0001, 101 - Biotoxin Area 0001, 101 - Sanitary
Haida Gwaii Area 0002, 102, 130, 142 Area 0002, 102, 130, 142 - Biotoxin Area 0002, 102, 130, 142 - Sanitary
Herbert Point Area 0010, 102 Area 00010, 110 - Biotoxin Area 00010, 110 - Sanitary
Jervis Inlet, Sechelt Inlet, Texada Island Area 0016 Area 00016 - Biotoxin Area 00016 - Sanitary
Kitimat, Kemano Bay Area 0006, 106 Area 0006 - Biotoxin Area 0006, 106 - Sanitary
Kyuquot Sound Area 0026, 126 Area 00026, 126 - Biotoxin Area 00026, 126 - Sanitary
Nanaimo Area 0017 Area 00017 - Biotoxin Area 00017 - Sanitary
Nitinat Lake,Tzuquanah Point Area 0021, 22 Area 00021, 22 - Biotoxin Area 00021, 22 - Sanitary
Nootka Sound, Esperanza Inlet Area 0025, 125 Area 00025, 125 - Biotoxin Area 00025, 125 - Sanitary
Port Alberni, Bamfield Area 0023, 123 Area 00023, 123 - Biotoxin Area 00023, 123 - Sanitary
Port Hardy, Robson Bight Area 0012 Area 00012 - Biotoxin Area 00012 - Sanitary
Port Renfrew, Sooke Area 0020 Area 00020 - Biotoxin Area 00020 - Sanitary
Powell River,Texada Island Area 0015 Area 00015 - Biotoxin Area 00015 - Sanitary
Prince Rupert, Porcher Island Area 0004, 104 Area 0004, 104 - Biotoxin Area 0004, 104 - Sanitary
Rivers Inlet Area 0009, 109 Area 0009, 109 - Biotoxin Area 0009, 109 - Sanitary
Saanich, Saltspring Island, Mayne Island, Pender Island, Saturna Island Area 0018 Area 00018 - Biotoxin Area 00018 - Sanitary
Tofino, Flores Island, Meares Island, Vargas Island Area 0024, 124 Area 00024, 124 - Biotoxin Area 00024, 124 - Sanitary
Vancouver, Bowen Island, Indian Arm, Squamish Area 0028 Area 00028 - Biotoxin Area 00028 - Sanitary
Victoria, Sidney Area 0019 Area 00019 - Biotoxin Area 00019 - Sanitary
West Coast Vancouver Island offshore including Switftsure Bank Area 0121 Area 000121 - Biotoxin

Contact us

Elysha Gordon
Canadian Shellfish Sanitation Program (CSSP) Coordinator