Area 1, 101 - 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|
|1-2||Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31||1.5 Langara Island||Annual Closure|
|1-3||Closed Mar 13 until further notice||1.aa - Subarea 1-3||Temporary Emergency Closure|
|1-6||Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31||1.1 Mamim Bay||Annual Closure|
|1.2 Masset Sound|
|1.3 Dinan Bay|
|1.4 Port Clements|
|101-10||Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31||101.1 Rose Spit, McIntyre Bay||Annual Closure|
|1.1 Mamim Bay||1.1.jpeg||The waters and tidal foreshore of Mamim Bay in Juskatla Inlet.|
|1.2 Masset Sound||1.2.jpeg||The waters and intertidal foreshore of Masset Sound lying inside a line drawn from Entry Point on Graham Island located at 54°03.11' north latitude and 132°11.35' west longitude, thence northwesterly to Westacott Point located at 54°04.59' north latitude and 132°14.59' west longitude, thence southeasterly in Sturgess Bay to the fixed yellow light at or near 54°01.96' north latitude and 132°11.91' west longitude, thence southeasterly in Masset Harbour to the flashing red light at or near 54°01.02' north latitude and 132°10.11' west longitude, thence southerly to Crowell Point located at 53°59.18' north latitude and 132°09.21' west longitude, thence southeasterly to a point on land at the Masset Bulkhead at 53°58.25' north latitude and 132°07.54' west longitude, and thence northerly following the shoreline back to the point of commencement.|
|1.3 Dinan Bay||1.3.jpeg||The waters and intertidal foreshore of Dinan Bay and McClinton Bay, lying inside a line drawn from the northern headland of Awun Bay to the nearest point on the northern shore of Masset Inlet.|
|1.4 Port Clements||1.4.jpeg||The waters and tidal foreshore of Port Clements, Masset Inlet, lying inside a line drawn from the most southerly point at the entrance to Kumdis Bay to Martin Point on Kumdis Island, thence southward to a point 125 m south of the Port Clements jetties.|
|1.5 Langara Island||1.5.jpeg||The waters and intertidal foreshore of Langara Island inside a line drawn from Iphigenia Point on Langara Island to the western tip of Lucy Island, thence along the northern foreshore of Lucy Island to the easternmost point, thence northwest to Holland Point on Langara Island.|
|1.aa - Subarea 1-3||Subarea 1-3, as defined in the Pacific Fishery Management Area Regulations|
|101.1 Rose Spit, McIntyre Bay||101.1.jpeg||The waters and intertidal foreshore inside a line drawn from Rose Point at 54°09.16' north latitude and 131°40.14' west longitude, northeasterly to marine buoy C26 at or near 54°13.07' north latitude and 131°39.22' west longitude, thence southeasterly to the most westerly point of the sandbar at or near 54°12.69' north latitude and 131°37.01' west longitude, thence southwesterly to the point of commencement (NAD 83).|
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