Area 28 - 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.
|28.1 Burrard Inlet, Indian Arm and Vancouver Harbour||28.1.jpeg||The waters and intertidal foreshore of Burrard Inlet, Indian Arm and Vancouver Harbour lying inside, that is easterly and northerly, of a line drawn from the western end of the Fraser River North Arm Jetty to Point Atkinson.|
|28.10 Squamish Harbour||28.10.jpeg||The waters and intertidal foreshore of Squamish harbour north of a line drawn from a point of land on the western shore at 49° 40.90' north latitude and 123° 11.41' west longitude, thence easterly to a point of land on the eastern shore at 49° 40.68' north latitude and 125° 55.67' west longitude (NAD83).|
|28.11 Burrard Inlet / Indian Arm||28.11.jpeg||Subarea 28-14 described as the head of Indian Arm north of a line drawn from a point on land at Iron Bay at 49° 27.46' north latitude and 122° 52.24' west longitude, thence in a westerly direction to a point on land on the opposite shore at 49° 27.42' north latitude and 122° 53.10' west longitude.' [NAD83]|
|28.2 Horseshoe Bay||28.2.jpeg||That portion of Horseshoe Bay, lying inside a line drawn due east from the northern tip of Tyee Point to the opposite shore of Horseshoe Bay.|
|28.3 Gower Point to Soames Point, Gibsons Landing||28.3.jpeg||The intertidal foreshore from Gower Point to Soames Point, Gibsons Landing.|
|28.4 Port Graves, Gambier Island||28.4.jpeg||The intertidal foreshore at the head of Port Graves, Gambier Island.|
|28.5 Camp Fircom, Halkett Bay, Gambier Island||28.5.jpeg||The intertidal foreshore lying within a 200 m radius of the Camp Fircom sewage outfall, Halkett Bay, Gambier Island.|
|28.6 McNab Creek||28.6.jpeg||That portion of the intertidal foreshore known as McNab Creek.|
|28.7 Potlatch Creek||28.7.jpeg||The intertidal foreshore lying 200 m to the west and 400 m to the east of the mouth of Potlatch Creek.|
|28.8 Mannion Bay (Deep Bay) Bowen Island||28.8.jpeg||The intertidal foreshore of Deep Bay, Bowen Island, lying inside a line drawn from the red navigation beacon on the south shore of Deep Bay to the foot of Ocean View Road|
|28.9 Grafton Bay, Bowen Island||28.9.jpeg||The intertidal foreshore at the mouth of Grafton Creek, Grafton Bay, Bowen Island.|
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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