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
PSP (Red Tide) /Other Marine Toxins
RECREATIONAL - Shellfish
Subject:
FN1159-Bivalve Shellfish: Marine Biotoxin - Update for Area 4 and Summary for all Areas - October 31, 2017


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 4
Effective immediately there is a harvest prohibition for all bivalve shellfish 
in Subareas 4-2, 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) and Subarea 4-13.

The most recent marine biotoxin results were unacceptable.

Please see the summary table for the status of all subareas in Area 4.

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 as of October 31, 2017, 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, butter clams, cockles and scallops only, 
closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
Balance of Area 1 closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Areas 2 and 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.

Area 5
Subarea 5-12 open to geoduck and horse clams only, closed to all other bivalve 
shellfish;
Balance of Area 5 closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Areas 6 to 10
Closed to all bivalve shellfish.

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

Area 12
Subareas 12-16 and 12-17 open to butter clams and cockles only, closed to all 
other bivalve shellfish;
Balance of Area 12 closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 13
Subareas 13-1 and 13-8 to 13-10 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, 
oysters, mussels and pink and spiny scallops only, closed to all other bivalve 
shellfish;
Subareas 13-11 to 13-14 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters and 
mussels only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
Subarea 13-15 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters, mussels and 
varnish clams only, close to all other bivalve shellfish; 
Subareas 13-16 and 13-17 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters, 
mussels, varnish clams and scallops only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
Balance of Area 13 closed to all bivalve shellfish.
							
Area 14 
Subareas 14-1 to 14-5, 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;
Subareas 14-7 and 14-11 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters, 
mussels and butter clams only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
Subarea 14-8 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters, mussels and 
varnish clams only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
Subarea 14-15 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters, mussels, varnish 
clams, butter clams, scallops, geoduck and horse clams only, closed to all 
other bivalve shellfish; 
Balance of Area 14 closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 15
Subareas 15-1 to 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 16-9, 16-11 to 16-13, 16-16 and 16-18 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, 17-3, 17-7 to 17-14, 17-18, 17-19 and 17-21 open to manila 
clams, littleneck clams, oysters and mussels only, closed to all other bivalve 
shellfish;
Subareas 17-4, 17-5 and 17-17 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' N 
latitude and 123º37.88' W longitude, heading in a straight line southwesterly 
to a point 48º55.03' N latitude, 123º38.48' W 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' N 
latitude and 123º37.88' W longitude heading in a straight line southwesterly to 
a point at 48º55.02' N latitude, 123º38.48' W 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 17-16 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters, mussels, butter 
clams and cockles only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish; 
Subarea 17-20 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters, mussels and 
scallops only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
Balance of Area 17 closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 18 
Subarea 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
Closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 20
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 23-4 and 23-5 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters and 
mussels only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish; 
Balance of Area 23 closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 24
Subareas 24-2, 24-4 and 24-14 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, 25-12, 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 105
Closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 106-2 open to geoduck and horse clams only, closed to all other bivalve 
shellfish;
Balance of Area 106 closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Areas 107 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.

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN1159
Sent October 31, 2017 at 1131