Area 10 - 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|
|10-5||Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31||10.1 Maragaret Bay||Annual Closure|
|10.1 Maragaret Bay||10.1.jpeg||The waters and intertidal foreshore surrounding the shellfish aquaculture tenure (LF#5407228) in Margaret Bay, lying inside a line drawn in a 125 m radius from any point on the perimeter of the tenure, commencing from a point on land in the west at 51°20.08' north latitude and 127°30.15' west longitude, and ending at a point on land in the east at 51°20.09' north latitude and 127°29.81' 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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