Packaging and transport for recreationally harvested crab, prawn and other shellfish in B.C.
Never hang bivalve shellfish off docks or the side of a vessel while travelling as the waters could be contaminated.
Label your container or cooler
When transporting or shipping catch, you:
- must package your catch separately with only one person’s name per package
- may ship your package(s) in a container with packages belonging to other people
We recommend you:
- list your package or container contents (number of fish, species and number of packages) on the outside to help with inspection
- store and transport your catch in containers and packages intended for food
Keep your shellfish cold
Keep your shellfish cooled between 0°C and 4°C (32 to 40°F) at all times.
- Use a clean and open container with ice packs
- Keep the container in the shade or under wet burlap
- Never keep shellfish in a sealed container or in freshwater as they will suffocate and die
- Do not mix different species of shellfish or fish
- You must leave bivalve shellfish sufficiently intact to be counted and identified until they arrive at your ordinary residence
- You may shuck or cook bivalve shellfish in the field (such as on a beach)
You must leave the shell of any sport-caught crab attached to the body until it is eaten or arrives at your ordinary residence so the size can be checked.
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