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Fishery Notice

ABORIGINAL - General Information
FN1207-ABORIGINAL-Invertebrates - Area 4 - Butter Clams -Aboriginal FSC Harvest

Under agreement with the Lax Kw'alaams 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 Lax Kw'alaams First Nation only.  
Recent acceptable biotoxin monitoring results permit this opening.

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

Harvesters must be in possession of a valid Lax Kw'alaams Band status card and 
are requested to report their harvest quantities to the Lax Kw'alaams Fisheries 
Program.  This opening is effective immediately and will continue until March 
31, 2013 pending on-going acceptable biotoxin monitoring results.

Harvesters should be aware that elevated levels of the toxin that causes 
Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning has been detected in other areas in the North 
Coast.  All harvesters must consult with the Lax Kw'alaams Fisheries Program 
prior to commencing harvesting.  
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 Lax Kw'alaams 
Fisheries Program or Sandra Davies at (250) 627-3007.

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN1207
Sent December 21, 2012 at 1532