Area 6 - 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.

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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.

Sanitary closures in Area 6 (overview map)

Permanently closed to bivalve shellfish harvest

Because of the risk of sanitary contamination, bivalve shellfish harvesting (for any purpose) is permanently closed within the following boundaries:

  1. 300 metres around industrial, municipal and sewage treatment plant outfall discharges
  2. 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
6-1 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 6.1 Kitimat Arm Annual Closure
6-2 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 6.3 Hartley Bay Annual Closure
6-16 Closed Apr 1 to Mar 31 6.2 Higgins Passage Annual Closure
6.5 Swindle Island

Area Descriptions

Closure Map Area Description
6.1 Kitimat Arm 6.1.jpeg The waters and tidal foreshore of Kitimat Arm, lying inside a line drawn between Raley Point and a point 400 m north of the mouth of Bish Creek.
6.2 Higgins Passage 6.2.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Higgins Passage, inside a line from the northern point of an unnamed peninsula on Price Island at 52°28.40' north latitude and 128°45.77' west longitude, thence northeasterly to a point on the southern tip of a peninsula on Swindle Island at 52°28.76' north latitude and 128°45.44' west longitude, thence easterly to a point on the southern shore of an unnamed island at 52'28.69' north latitude and 128°44.64' west longitude, thence southerly to a point on land on Price Island at 52°28.39' north latitude and 128°44.64 west longitude, thence following the shoreline westerly to the point of commencement. [NAD 83]
6.3 Hartley Bay 6.3.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Hartley Bay, Douglas Channel, lying inside a line drawn from Sutton Pt. at 53° 25.35' north latitude and 129° 14.98' west longitude, then northeast to the point on land at the opposite side of the bay at 53° 25.45' north latitude and 129° 14.70' west longitude (NAD 27).
6.5 Swindle Island 6.5.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of the unnamed cove, at the south-western end of Swindle Island, lying inside a line drawn from 52°29.78' north latitude and 128°46.34' west longitude, easterly to a point at 52°29.74' north latitude and 128°46.16 west longitude. [NAD 83]

2019-04-01 01:09:22

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Elysha Gordon
Canadian Shellfish Sanitation Program (CSSP) Coordinator