Service Maintenance

There will be service interruptions on Saturday, April 27th, 2019 from 7:00AM until 1:00 PM (Pacific Time)

Notice Posted: Tuesday April 16, 2019


Fishery Notice

Category(s):
ABORIGINAL - General Information
COMMERCIAL - Invertebrates: Clam - Intertidal
COMMERCIAL - Invertebrates: Clam - Razor
COMMERCIAL - Invertebrates: Geoduck and Horseclam
COMMERCIAL - Invertebrates: Oyster
COMMERCIAL - Invertebrates: Scallop by Trawl
General Information
PSP (Red Tide) /Other Marine Toxins
RECREATIONAL - Shellfish
Subject:
FN0375-Bivalve Shellfish: Marine Biotoxin - Update for Areas 15, 19, 23, 24, 25 and Summary for all Areas - April 18, 2019


UPDATE:

Maps of Fishery Management Areas and Subareas can be found at:

http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/contamination/biotox/index-eng.htm	

Area 15
Effective immediately there is a harvest prohibition for geoduck and horse 
clams shellfish in Subarea 15-2. 

The product may be contaminated given the deviance from the sampling 
requirements established under the biotoxin monitoring program.

Please see the summary table for the status of all subareas in Area 15

Area 19
Effective immediately the harvest prohibition for manila clams, littleneck 
clams, oyster and mussels is lifted in Subareas 19-7, 19-8 and 19-10 to 19-12.

The most recent marine biotoxin results were acceptable. 

Please see the summary table for the status of all subareas in Area 19.

Area 23
Effective immediately the harvest prohibition for geoduck and horse clams is 
lifted in Subareas 23-5, 23-6 and 23-8.

The most recent marine biotoxin results were acceptable. 

Please see the summary table for the status of all subareas in Area 23.

Area 24
Effective immediately there is a harvest prohibition for all bivalve shellfish 
in Subareas 24-4, 24-13 and 24-14.
 
The product may be contaminated given the deviance from the sampling 
requirements established under the biotoxin monitoring program.

Effective immediately the harvest prohibition for geoduck and horse clams is 
lifted in Subareas 24-7, 24-8 and that portion of Subarea 24-6 east of a line 
from an unnamed point on Vargas Island at 49°12.984' north latitude, 126°
01.0433' west longitude drawn North to a point near Eby Rock at 49°13.143' 
north latitude, 126°01.189' west longitude then South of a line to the western 
most point on Morphee Island (at 49°13.6' north latitude, 125°58.1' west 
longitude), then east of a line from this point to a prominent unnamed point on 
Vancouver Island approximately 1/2 mile northwest of the western most point of 
Morfee Island (at 49°13.6' north latitude, 125°58.1' west longitude).

The most recent marine biotoxin results were acceptable. 


Please see the summary table for the status of all subareas in Area 24.

Area 25
Effective immediately there is a harvest prohibition for all bivalve shellfish 
in Subareas 25-11 and 25-12. 

The product may be contaminated given the deviance from the sampling 
requirements established under the biotoxin monitoring program.

Please see the summary table for the status of all subareas in Area 25


SUMMARY:

The following information in this fishery notice reflects Paralytic Shellfish 
Poisoning (PSP, red tide), Domoic Acid Poisoning (also known as Amnesic 
Shellfish Poisoning (ASP)), Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning (DSP) and other 
marine toxin closures for bivalve shellfish (oysters, clams, scallops, mussels, 
and geoduck). Note that this fishery notice does not describe sewage 
contamination closures. For information on sewage contamination and biotoxin 
closures please go to: 

http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/contamination/index-eng.htm

Area 1 
Subarea 1-5 open to razor clams and cockles only, closed to all other bivalve 
shellfish;

Balance of Area 1 closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 2

Subarea 2-31 (Closure 2-31.A) closed to all bivalve shellfish;
That portion of Subarea 2-31 west of a line running from Cape Fanny (52°
07.09'north latitude and 131°10.70'west longitude) true south to the Subarea 
boundary.

Subarea 2-31 (Closure 2-31.B) closed to all bivalve shellfish;
That portion of Subarea 2-31 east of a line running from Cape Fanny (52°
07.09'north latitude and 131°10.70'west longitude) true south to the Subarea 
boundary.

Balance of Area 2 closed to all bivalve shellfish

Area 3
Closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 4

Subarea 4-9 (Closure 4-9.A) (described below) closed to all bivalve shellfish; 
Subarea 4-9 except the waters and intertidal foreshore of a portion of Subarea 
4-9 inside a line that commences at a point on the shore of Digby Island at 54°
17.371' north latitude and 130°27.654' west longitude, thence to a point on the 
shore of the largest of the Lucy Islands at 54°17.666' north latitude and 130°
36.575 west longitude, thence to a point on the shore of Rachel Island at 54°
12.770' north latitude and 130°33.643' west longitude, thence to a point on the 
shore of Digby Island at 54°15.865' north latitude and 130°25.623' west 
longitude, thence following the shore of Digby Island to the point of 
commencement (a map can be found at 
http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/includes/4-9.A.jpeg

Subarea 4-9 (Closure 4-9.B) (described below) open to scallops only, closed to 
all other bivalve shellfish; 
The waters and intertidal foreshore of a portion of Subarea 4-9 inside a line 
that commences at a point on the shore of Digby Island at 54°17.371' north 
latitude and 130°27.654' west longitude, thence to a point on the shore of the 
largest of the Lucy Islands at 54°17.666' north latitude and 130°36.575 west 
longitude, thence to a point on the shore of Rachel Island at 54°12.770' north 
latitude and 130°33.643' west longitude, thence to a point on the shore of 
Digby Island at 54°15.865' north latitude and 130°25.623' west longitude, 
thence following the shore of Digby Island to the point of commencement (a map 
can be found at 
http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/includes/4-9.B.jpeg

Balance of Area 4 closed to all bivalve shellfish

Areas 5 to 6
Closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 7
Subarea 7-3, 7-4, 7-9, 7-17, 7-18 and 7-25 open to geoduck and horse clams 
only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;

Balance of Area 7 closed to all bivalve shellfish

Areas 8 to 10 
Closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 11
Subarea 11-2 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters, mussels and 
scallops only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;

Balance of Area 11 closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 12
Subareas 12-6, 12-16, 12-17, 12-22, 12-23 and 12-26 open to butter clams and 
cockles only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;

Subarea 12-39 (Closure 12-39.A) (described below) closed to all bivalve 
shellfish; 
That portion of Subarea 12-39 north of a line drawn at Sharp Point on Broughton 
Island at (50° 47.467'N, 126° 36.090' W) proceeding westerly down Fife Sound 
into Nowell Channel intersecting the boundary with Subarea 12-7 at (50° 45.006' 
N, 126° 47.224' W) (a map can be found at 
http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/includes/12-39.A.jpeg)

Subarea 12-39 (Closure 12-39.B) (described below) open to butter clams and 
cockles only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
That portion of Subarea 12-39 south of a line drawn at Sharp Point on Broughton 
Island at (50° 47.467'N, 126° 36.090' W) proceeding westerly down Fife Sound 
into Nowell Channel intersecting the boundary with Subarea 12-7 at (50° 45.006' 
N, 126° 47.224' W) (a map can be found at 
http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/includes/12-39.B.jpeg) 

Subareas 12-11 and 12-15 open to geoduck and horse clams only, closed to all 
other bivalve shellfish;

Balance of Area 12 closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 13
Subarea 13-1 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters, mussels and pink 
and spiny scallops only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish.

Subareas 13-12 to 13-17 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters and 
mussels only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish.

Balance of Area 13 closed to all bivalve shellfish.
							
Area 14 
Subareas 14-1 to 14-4, 14-7, 14-9, 14-10, 14-13 and 14-14 open to manila clams, 
littleneck clams, oysters and mussels only, closed to all other bivalve 
shellfish;

Subarea 14-5 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters, mussels and 
scallops only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;

Subarea 14-8 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters, mussels, varnish 
clams and scallops only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;

Subarea 14-11 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, butter clams, oysters, 
mussels only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;

Subarea 14-15 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters, mussels, varnish 
clams, butter clams and scallops only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish; 

Balance of Area 14 closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 15

Subareas 15-2 and 15-3 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters, and 
mussels only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;

Subarea 15-4 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters, mussels and 
scallops only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;

Subarea 15-5 (Closure 15-5.A) (described below) closed to all bivalve shellfish;
That portion of Subarea 15-5 south of a line drawn from a point on the 
northeast shoreline of Raza Island at 50°18.26' north latitude and 124°58.10' 
west longitude, thence easterly to a point on the west coast of West Redonda 
Island at 50°18.12' north latitude and 124°55.48' west longitude, thence 
southerly following the shoreline of West Redonda Island to a point at 50°
12.29' north latitude and 124°56.55' west longitude, thence southwesterly to a 
point on the northeast coast of Cortes Island at 50°11.74' north latitude and 
124°56.94' west longitude, thence northwesterly following the shoreline of 
Cortes Island to Bullock Bluff, thence true north following the boundary line 
to Raza Island, and thence following the shoreline northeasterly back to the 
point of commencement (a map can be found at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-
gp/rec/includes/15-5.A.jpeg)  

Subarea 15-5 (Closure 15-5.B) (described below) open to manila clams, 
littleneck clams, oysters, mussels and scallops only, closed to all other 
bivalve shellfish;
That portion of Subarea 15-5 southeast of a line drawn from an unnamed point on 
the east coast of Cortes Island at 50°11.74' north latitude and 124°56.94' west 
longitude, thence northeasterly to a point on the west coast of West Redonda 
Island at 50°12.29' north latitude and 124°56.55' west longitude, thence 
southerly and then northerly following the shoreline of West Redonda Island to 
a point on the southeast shoreline of West Redonda Island at 50°07.87' north 
latitude and 124°48.03' west longitude, thence easterly to a point on the 
mainland at 50°07.77' north latitude and 124°43.27' west longitude, thence 
southerly following the shoreline to Zephine Head at 50°04.57' north latitude 
and 124°48.30' west longitude, then southeasterly following the boundary line 
to Sarah Point at 50°03.76' north latitude and 124°50.61' west longitude, 
thence following the boundary line to Mary Point at 50°03.44' north latitude 
and 124°53.13' west longitude, thence northerly following the eastern shoreline 
of Cortes Island back to the point of commencement (a map can be found at 
http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/includes/15-5.B.jpeg) 

Subarea 15-5 (Closure 15-5.C) (described below) open to manila clams, 
littleneck clams, oysters, mussels and scallops only, closed to all other 
bivalve shellfish;
That portion of Subarea 15-5 north of a line drawn from a point on West Redonda 
Island at 50°18.12' north latitude and 124°55.48' west longitude, thence 
westerly to a point on the east coast of Raza Island at 50°18.26' north 
latitude and 124°58.10' west longitude, thence northerly to a point on George 
Head on the mainland at 50°20.66' north latitude and 124°57.92' west longitude, 
thence easterly following the shoreline to 50°20.67' north latitude and 124°
45.00' west longitude, thence southeasterly following the boundary line to 
Brettell Point at 50°19.51' north latitude and 124°44.15' west longitude, 
thence southerly following the shoreline to a point at 50°07.77' north latitude 
and 124°43.27' west longitude, thence easterly to a point on the southeast 
shore of West Redonda Island at 50°07.87' north latitude and 124°48.03' west 
longitude, thence northerly and westerly following the shoreline of West 
Redonda Island back to the point of commencement (a map can be found at 
http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/includes/15-5.C.jpeg) 

Balance of Area 15 closed to all bivalve shellfish.   
	
Area 16
Subareas 16-5 to 16-8, 16-11 to 16-13, 16-16, 16-19 to 16-21 open to manila 
clams, littleneck clams, oysters and mussels only, closed to all other bivalve 
shellfish;

Balance of Area 16 closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 17
Subareas 17-2 to 17-4, 17-7 to 17-9, 17-12 to 17-14 and 17-17 to 17-20 open to 
manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters and mussels only, closed to all other 
bivalve shellfish;

Subarea 17-5 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters, mussels and 
butter clams only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;

Subarea 17-6 (Closure 17-6.A) (described below) open to manila clams, 
littleneck clams, oysters and mussels only, closed to all other bivalve 
shellfish;
That portion of Subarea 17-6 west of a line drawn from a point starting at the 
boundary line for Subarea 17-8 on Penelakut (Kuper) Island at 48º56.06' north 
latitude and 123º37.88' west longitude, heading in a straight line 
southwesterly to a point 48º55.03' north latitude, 123º38.48' west longitude on 
the Subarea boundary line between Subareas 17-6 and 17-9 (a map can be found at 
http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/includes/17-6.A.jpeg)

Subarea 17-6 (Closure 17-6.B) (described below) open to manila clams, 
littleneck clams, oysters and mussels only, closed to all other bivalve 
shellfish;
That portion of Subarea 17-6 east of a line drawn from a point starting at the 
boundary line for Subarea 17-8 on Penelakut (Kuper) Island at 48º56.06' north 
latitude and 123º37.88' west longitude heading in a straight line southwesterly 
to a point at 48º55.02' north latitude, 123º38.48' west longitude on the 
Subarea boundary line between Subareas 17-6 and 17-9 (a map can be found at 
http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/includes/17-6.B.jpeg) 

Subarea 17-10 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters, mussels, geoduck 
and horse clams only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish.

Subarea 17-16 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters, mussels, 
geoduck, horse clams and butter clams only, closed to all other bivalve 
shellfish.

Balance of Area 17 closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 18 

Subareas 18-2, 18-3 and 18-7 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters, 
and mussels only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;

Balance of Area 18 closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 19

Subareas 19-7, 19-8 and 19-10 to 19-12 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, 
oysters and mussels only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;

Balance of Area 19 closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Areas 20
Subareas 20-1 to 20-3 open to mussels only, closed to all other bivalve 
shellfish;

Subareas 20-5 to 20-7 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters and 
mussels only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;

Balance of Area 20 closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Areas 21 and 22
Closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 23
Subareas 23-3, 23-4, 23-9 and 23-11 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, 
oysters and mussels only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish; 

Subarea 23-5 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters, mussels, geoduck 
and horse clams only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;

Subarea 23-6 (Closure 23-6.A) (described below) open to manila clams, 
littleneck clams, oysters, mussels, geoduck and horse clams only, closed to all 
other bivalve shellfish;
Subarea 23-6 except that portion northeast of a line drawn from a point of land 
at 48°58.47' north latitude and 125°04.92' west longitude to a point of land at 
48°58.61' north latitude and 125°05.05' west longitude, known as Useless Inlet 
(a map can be found at 
http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/includes/23-6.A.jpeg);

Subarea 23-6 (Closure 23-6.B) (described below) open to manila clams, 
littleneck clams, oysters,mussels, geoduck and horse clams only, closed to all 
other bivalve shellfish;
That portion of Subarea 23-6 northeast of a line drawn from a point of land at 
48°58.47' north latitude and 125°04.92' west longitude to a point of land at 48°
58.61' north latitude and 125°05.05' west longitude, known as Useless Inlet 
(a map can be found at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/includes/23-
6.B.jpeg);

Subarea 23-8 open to geoduck and horse clams only, closed to all other bivalve 
shellfish.

Subarea 23-10 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters, mussels and 
scallops only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish.

Balance of Area 23 closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 24
Subarea 24-6 (Closure 24-6.A) (described below) open to geoduck and horse clams 
only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
That portion of Subarea 24-6 east of a line from an unnamed point on Vargas 
Island at 49°12.984' north latitude, 126°01.0433' west longitude drawn North to 
a point near Eby Rock at 49°13.143' north latitude, 126°01.189' west longitude 
then South of a line to the western most point on Morfee Island (at 49°13.6' 
north latitude, 125°58.1' west longitude), then east of a line from this point 
to a prominent unnamed point on Vancouver Island approximately 1/2 mile 
northwest of the western most point of Morfee Island (at 49°13.6' north 
latitude, 125°58.1' west longitude)

Subarea 24-6 (Closure 24-6.B) (described below) open to geoduck and horse clams 
only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
Subarea 24-6 except that portion of Subarea 24-6 east of a line from an unnamed 
point on Vargas Island at 49°12.984' north latitude, 126°01.0433' west 
longitude drawn North to a point near Eby Rock at 49°13.143' north latitude, 
126°01.189' west longitude then South of a line to the western most point on 
Morphee Island (at 49°13.6' north latitude, 125°58.1' west longitude), then 
east of a line from this point to a prominent unnamed point on Vancouver Island 
approximately 1/2 mile northwest of the western most point of Morfee Island (at 
49°13.6' north latitude, 125°58.1' west longitude) 

Subareas 24-7 and 24-8 open to geoduck and horse clams only, closed to all 
other bivalve shellfish;

Subarea 24-9 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters, mussels, geoduck 
and horse clams only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;

Balance of Area 24 closed to all bivalve shellfish.  

Area 25
Subareas 25-1 to 25-8, 25-15 and 25-16 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, 
oysters and mussels only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;

Balance of Area 25 closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Areas 26 to 29 
Closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Areas 101 to 111, 121, 123 to 127, 130 and 142
Closed to all bivalve shellfish.

NOTES:
Details are broken into Areas and Subareas, as managed by Fisheries and Oceans 
Canada (DFO).  Subarea information is not in the British Columbia Tidal Waters 
Sport Fishing Guide, but it is readily available in non-navigable Subarea 
management charts that can be obtained at DFO offices.  In addition, 
descriptions of Subareas are set out in the Pacific Fishery Management Area 
Regulations, 2007.  These regulations are available at libraries and from the 
DFO Pacific Internet at:

http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/index-eng.htm

Maps of Fishery Management Areas and Subareas can also be found at:

http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/maps-cartes/areas-secteurs/index-eng.htm

The public is advised to consult the local DFO office nearest to the site of 
harvest for the latest information on PSP and other marine toxin, sewage and 
conservation closures prior to digging.

For more information contact Elysha Gordon at 250-756-7192.

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0375
Sent April 18, 2019 at 1544