Area 2 - 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|
|2-1||Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31||2.1 Skidegate Channel||Annual Closure|
|2.4 Long Inlet|
|2.5 Josette Point|
|2.6 Unnamed Bay South of Christie Bay|
|2.8 A portion of Kagan Bay|
|2-32||Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31||2.2 Louscoone Inlet||Annual Closure|
|2-40||Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31||2.7 Goski Bay||Annual Closure|
|2.1 Skidegate Channel||2.1.jpeg||The waters and intertidal foreshore of Skidegate Inlet lying inside a line drawn from a point on Graham Island located at 53°18.41' north latitude and 131°57.77' west longitude, thence southeasterly to a point in water at 53°17.51' north latitude and 131°56.47' west longitude, thence southerly to a point in water at 53°15.00' north latitude and 131°56.40' west longitude, then southwesterly to a point in water located due south of the Skidegate Landing Public Dock at 53°14.27' north latitude and 132°00.35' west longitude, thence southwesterly to a point on Lina Island at 53°13.58' north latitude and 132°06.06' west longitude, thence northerly and westerly following the shoreline of Lina Island to a point on land at 53°13.99' north latitude and 132°06.80' west longitude, thence northwesterly to a point on Graham Island at 53°15.08' north latitude and 132°07.59' west longitude, thence easterly following the shoreline of Graham Island back to the point of commencement.|
|2.2 Louscoone Inlet||2.2.jpeg||The waters and intertidal foreshore of Louscoone Inlet lying within a 200m radius of the large mooring buoy located at 52° 10.55' north latitude and 131° 12.81' west longitude (NAD 27), between Cadman Point and Etches Point.|
|2.4 Long Inlet||2.4.jpeg||The waters and intertidal foreshore of the head of Long Inlet at the west end of Skidegate Inlet, from a point on land at 53°14.10' north latitude and 132°18.86' west longitude, south to a point on land at 53°13.51' north latitude and 132°18.82' west longitude. [NAD 83]|
|2.5 Josette Point||2.5.jpeg||The waters and intertidal foreshore of the unnamed bay west of Josette Point at the mouth of Long Inlet, lying inside a line drawn from 53°12.12' north latitude and 132°16.26' west longitude, southerly to a point on an unnamed island at 53°12.01' north latitude and 132°16.12' west longitude, thence following the south-westerly shoreline to a point on land at 53°11.99' north latitude and 132°16.02' west longitude, thence north-easterly to a point on land at 53°12.10' north latitude and 132°15.88' W longitude, thence following the shoreline to the point of commencement. [NAD 83]|
|2.6 Unnamed Bay South of Christie Bay||2.6.jpeg||The waters and intertidal foreshore of the unnamed bay south of Christie Bay at the west end of Skidegate Inlet, lying inside a line drawn from 50°12.00' north latitude and 132°13.06' west longitude, southerly to a point at 53°11.85' north latitude and 132°13.10' west longitude. NAD 83]|
|2.7 Goski Bay||2.7.jpeg||The waters and intertidal foreshore of Goski Bay at the north-east end of Gowgaia Bay, lying inside a line drawn from 52°25.72' north latitude and 131°34.29' west longitude, south-easterly to an island at 52°25.22' north latitude and 131°33.53' west longitude, then east to 52°25.33' north latitude and 131°33.13' west longitude. [NAD 83]|
|2.8 A portion of Kagan Bay||2.8.jpeg||The waters and intertidal foreshore of an unnamed bay in the northeast corner of Kagan Bay, inside a line drawn from a point on land at 53°14.29' north latitude and 132°09.22' west longitude northwesterly to a point on land at 53°14.35' north latitude and 132°09.71' 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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