Area 9 - 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|
|9-1||Closed May 31 to Sep 30||9.A Clam Bay, Penrose Island||Seasonal Closure|
|9-2||Closed May 31 to Sep 30||9.B Goose Bay, Rivers Inlet||Seasonal Closure|
|9.A Clam Bay, Penrose Island||9.A.jpeg||The waters and intertidal foreshore of the unnamed bay, locally known as Clam Beach, located on the west side of Penrose Island, lying inside a line drawn from a point on land at 51°29.25' north latitude and 127°45.90' west longitude thence south to the westernmost point on the small unnamed island, thence southeast to the headland on Fury Island at 51°29.10' north latitude and 127°45.80' west longitude, thence east along the high water mark to the easternmost point of Fury Island at 51°29.07' north latitude and 127°45.35' west longitude, thence northeasterly to a point on the opposite shore at 51°29.10' north latitude and 127°45.28' west longitude. [NAD 83]|
|9.B Goose Bay, Rivers Inlet||9.B.jpeg||The waters and intertidal foreshore of Goose Bay, Rivers Inlet, southerly of a line drawn from a point of land at 51°22.90' north latitude and 127°39.97' west longitude thence true east to a point on land at 51°22.90' north latitude and 127°39.50' west longitude. [NAD 83]|
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