Fishery Notice

COMMERCIAL - Invertebrates: Clam - Intertidal
FN1363-Commercial - Intertidal clams - Manila and Littleneck Clams - Area E - Portions of Areas 17 and 18 opening

Invertebrates: Manila and Littleneck Clams Area E. 

Opens from 13:00 December 21, 2015 to 03:00 December 22, 2015 - 1 tide by hand 
digging only in the following areas:

Area 17:
Subareas 17-1 to 17-21.

Area 18:
Subareas 18-2, 18-3, 18-7.

except for the closures as described on pages 11 and 12 of appendix 1 of the 
2013 to 2015 clam management plan.

Shellfish harvesters are advised to monitor weather conditions and warnings and 
to plan their harvesting activities accordingly. During cold weather bury all 
undersized and non target clams  
Harvesting is prohibited in all Sanitary contamination closures. 
Harvesters are responsible for checking Fishery Notices for the Bivalve 
Shellfish Marine Biotoxin Updates, as recommended by the Canadian Food 
Inspection Agency and issued by DFO. 
For descriptions of Sanitary and Biotoxin closures see the DFO website at

Recreational, Parks and Food Social and ceremonial closures as described on 
pages 11 and 12 of appendix 1 of the 2013 to 2015 clam management plan. Yellow 
Point, Sandwell Provincial park, Drumbeg Provincial Park, Pilot Bay Gabriola 
Bar Nanoose bay (fronting Nanoose IR) and Sansum Narrows.

Harvesters are reminded that they need a 2015 Fish Harvester Registration Card 
and a 2015 commercial clam licence to participate in openings.

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

Fishermen should consult the 2013/2015 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 2015 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 or check 
Fishery Notices prior to this fishery to confirm the opening.

Variation Order No 2015-603


David Fogtmann (250) 339-3799

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN1363
Sent December 21, 2015 at 0925