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Fishery Notice

COMMERCIAL - Invertebrates: Clam - Intertidal
FN1212-Commercial - Intertidal clams - Manila and Littleneck Clams - Area E - Portions of Areas 17 opening

Invertebrates: Manila and Littleneck Clams Area E. 

Opens from 16:00 December 27, 2012 to 05:00: December 28, 2012 - 1 tide in the 
following areas:
Area 17:
Subareas 17-4 to 17-6, 17-9, 17-10, 17-12, 17-13 and 17-15 to 17-20.
Area 18
Subareas 18-3 and 18-7
except for the closures as described on pages 11 and 12 of appendix 1 of the 
2010-2012 clam management plan.

Waste water Treatment plants may close on short notice.  Check fishery notices 
prior to harvesting.

NOTE: Emergency Closure Area 17.aa - Evening Cove

The waters and intertidal foreshore of that portion of Subarea 17-5, shoreward 
or westerly of a line from Coffin Point at 48°59.214' north latitude and 123°
45.450' west longitude to Sharpe Point at 48°58.881' north latitude and 123°
46.104' west longitude [Sanitary Closure Map 17.aa][NAD 83].

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

Closure information and maps are available at our website:


Recreational, Parks and Food Social and ceremonial closures as described on 
pages 11 and 12 of appendix 1 of the 2011-2012 clam management plan. Yellow 
Point, Sandwell Provincial park, Drumbeg Provincial Park, Pilot Bay Gabriola 
Bar Nanoose bay (fronting Nanoose IR) and Sansum Narrows.

Variation Order No 2012-480
Harvesters are reminded that they need a 2012 Fish Harvester Registration Card 
and a 2012 commercial clam licence to participate in openings.

Area E ACL's licence applications will be administered through the local band 

Fishermen should consult the 2010/2012 Intertidal Clam Management Plan and the 
local DFO office for descriptions of areas closed for sewage contamination 
reasons. There are numerous contamination closures in place throughout the 
fishing area.

All eligible fishers must have their 2012 license and meet the conditions of 
that license. (i.e. wear a high visibility vest with license number marked on 
it and the sacks of clams must be immediately tagged with the license number as 
soon as clams are placed in it). 

This fishery will only take place provided psp levels and water quality remain 
acceptable.  Fishermen are advised to contact the local fishery office prior to 
this fishery to confirm the opening. 


David Fogtmann (250) 339-3799

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN1212
Sent December 27, 2012 at 0948