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Fishery Notice

ABORIGINAL - General Information
FN1204-ABORIGINAL-Invertebrates - Area 4 - Butter Clams-Aboriginal FSC Harvest

Under agreement with the Metlakatla Band Council, Fisheries and Oceans Canada 
is opening portions of Area 4 for food, social and ceremonial harvesting of 
butter clams (Saxidomus gigantea) for the Metlakatla First Nation only.  Recent 
acceptable biotoxin monitoring results permit this opening.

A description of the open areas will be posted at the Metlakatla Band Office, 
can be obtained from the Metlakatla Fisheries Program, and is listed in the 
2012-13 Metlakatla Intertidal Bivalve Community Harvest Plan. The harvest area 
boundaries are very specific and all harvesters must consult with Metlakatla 
Fisheries Program staff before harvesting. 

Harvesters must be in possession of a valid food harvesting permit from the 
Metlakatla Band Office and are requested to report their harvest quantities to 
the Metlakatla Fisheries Program.  This opening is effective immediately and 
will continue until March 31, 2013 pending on-going acceptable biotoxin 
monitoring results.

Fishers are advised there is a contaminated closure adjacent to this opening.  
Information on the specific closure boundaries and any other closure 
information, including marine biotoxin closures, are available on the Internet 

Or call toll-free:  1-866-431-3474.

For additional information harvesters should contact the Metlakatla Fisheries 
Program at (250) 628-3234, or Sandra Davies at (250) 627-3007.

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN1204
Sent December 21, 2012 at 1407