Fishery Notice

COMMERCIAL - Invertebrates: Clam - Intertidal
FN1362-COMMERCIAL - Invertebrates: Intertidal Manila and Native Littleneck Clam - Area F - Portions of Areas 23, 24, 25 - Opening December 20, 2018

The following areas will open for commercial Manila and Native Littleneck clam 
by hand picking from 11:00 hours December 20 to 01:00 hours December 23, 2018 - 
three tides in the following areas:

Area 23
Subareas 23-3, 23-4, 23-5, 23-6, 23-9 and 23-10, except Food Social Ceremonial 
(FSC), recreational Maa-nulth Treaty bivalve areas and park closures as 
described on pages 17 to 21 of appendix 1 of the 2016/2018 clam management 
plan, at Toquart River Flats, Maggie River, Effingham Inlet, Coeur d'Alene 
Creek, Geer Islets, Meade Islets, Northeast Numukamis Bay, Kookswiis Bay and 
Pacific Rim National park and - Broken Group Islands.

Area 24
Subareas 24-3, 24-4, 24-9, 24-13, and 24-14, except FSC, recreational and park 
closures as described on pages 17 to 21 of Appendix 1 of the 2016/2018 
Intertidal Clams Management Plan - Whiskey Jenny Beach, Bawden Bay, Whitepine 
Cove, Stockham Island, Hesquiat Harbour, Pacific Rim National Park, Grice Bay, 
McBey Islets and Dinner Island.

Area 25
Subareas 25-1 to 25-8, 25-11, 25-12, 25-15, and 25-16, except FSC, recreational 
and park closures as described on pages 17-21 of Appendix 1 of the 2016/2018 
Clam Management Plan - Queen Cove Beach

Variation Order No. 2018-661

Harvesting is prohibited in all sanitary contamination closures.

This fishery will only take place provided Biotoxin levels and water quality 
remain acceptable. Harvesters are responsible for checking Fishery Notices for 
the Bivalve Shellfish Marine Biotoxin Updates, as recommended by the Canadian 
Food Inspection Agency and issued by DFO. Areas that are closed as a result of 
the Biotoxin notice subsequent to this notice are not open to this fishery. 
Fishers are advised to contact the local fishery office or check Fishery 
Notices prior to this fishery to confirm the opening.

For descriptions of sanitary and biotoxin closures see the DFO website at 

Shellfish harvesters are advised to monitor weather conditions and warnings and 
to plan their harvesting activities accordingly.

Harvesters should contact their respective buyers and processors prior to the 
fishery to ensure their product will be purchased.

Harvesting on shellfish aquaculture tenures is prohibited without explicit 
authorization of the tenure holder.

All harvesters are requested to be off the beaches by closing time and all 
buyers are requested to conduct buying activities within 12 hours of the 

Harvesters are also advised to be aware of Olympia oyster populations in 
various locations on the WCVI and to try to avoid impacts to this species while 

Harvesters are also advised to be aware Green Crab in various locations on the 
WCVI and ensure the green crab does not end up in product harvested.

Harvesters are reminded that they need a 2018 Fisher's Registration Card and a 
2018 commercial clam licence to participate in openings must carry valid photo 
identification along with their Fishing licences and meet the Conditions of 
that licence.

This includes:
Wear a high visibility vest with licence number marked on it. 
All containers holding clams shall be marked or tagged with the following 
Licence number, Harvest date, Licence holder's name, beach or location where 
harvesting occurred and the Pacific Fisheries Management Subarea. Tags shall be 
waterproof and information shall be written in water resistant ink. No 
container of clams shall remain untagged during transport to market sale or a 
wet storage location in preparation for market sale.

Fishers should consult the 2016/2018 Intertidal Clams Integrated Fisheries 
Management Plan and a local Fisheries and Oceans Canada office for descriptions 
of closed areas and contact numbers for further information.


David Fogtmann
250 339-3799

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN1362
Sent December 19, 2018 at 1449