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:
FN1367-Bivalve Shellfish: Marine Biotoxin - Update for Areas 12 and 16 and Summary for all Areas - December 17, 2015


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 12
Effective immediately the harvest prohibition for butter clams and cockles is 
lifted in Subarea 12-26. 

The most recent marine biotoxin results were acceptable.

Please see the summary table for the status of all subareas in Area 12.

Area 16
Effective immediately the harvest prohibition for geoduck and horse clams is 
lifted in Subareas 16-1 and 16-2. 

The most recent marine biotoxin results were acceptable.

Please see the summary table for the status of all subareas in Area 16.

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 December 17, 2015 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 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 and cockles only, closed to all other bivalve 
shellfish; Balance of Area 1 closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 2:
Closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 3:
Subareas 3-1 to 3-3 open to geoduck and horse clams only, closed to all other 
bivalve shellfish; Balance of Area 3 closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 4:
Subarea 4-1 and that portion of Subarea 4-5 west of 130 degrees 35 minutes west 
longitude open to geoduck and horse clams 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 open to scallops only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;  
Balance of Area 4 closed to all bivalve shellfish. 

Areas 5 to 6: 
Closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 7: 
Subareas 7-9, 7-12, 7-15, 7-17, 7-21 and 7-24 open to manila clams, littleneck 
clams, oysters and mussels only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;  
Balance of Area 7 closed to all bivalve shellfish. 

Areas 8 to 11:
Closed to all bivalve shellfish.
 
Area 12:
Subareas 12-16, 12-17 and 12-26 open to butter clams and cockles only, closed 
to all other bivalve shellfish; That portion of 12-39 South of a line drawn at 
Sharp Point on Broughton Island at (50° 47.467'N, 126° 36.090' W) proceeding 
westerly down Fife Sound into Nowell Channel intersecting the boundary with 
PFMA 12-7 at (50° 45.006' N, 126° 
47.224' W) open to butter clams and cockles only, closed to all other bivalve 
shellfish; Balance of Area 12 closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 13:
Subarea 13-1 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters, mussels and pink 
and spiny scallops only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
Subareas 13-12 to 13-14 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters, 
mussels and scallops only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish; 
Subareas 13-15 and 13-16 closed to geoduck and horse clams only;
Subarea 13-17 closed to butter clams, geoduck and horse clams only;
Balance of Area 13 closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 14: 
Subareas 14-1 to 14-4 and 14-13 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters 
and mussels only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
Subareas 14-5 and 14-8 closed to butter clams, geoduck and horse clams only;
Subareas 14-6, 14-9, 14-10, 14-12 and 14-14 closed to butter clams, scallops, 
geoduck and horse clams only; 
Subareas 14-7 and 14-11 closed to scallops, geoduck and horse clams only;
Subarea 14-15 closed to geoduck and horse clams only.  

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 except that portion 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 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters, mussels 
and scallops only, closed to all other 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 open to 
manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters and mussels only, closed to all other 
bivalve shellfish; 
Balance of Area 15 closed to all bivalve shellfish.   

Area 16:
Subareas 16-1, 16-2 and 16-22 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters, 
mussels, geoduck and horse clams only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish; 
Subareas 16-3 to 16-8, 16-10, 16-11 and 16-16 to 16-21 open to manila clams, 
littleneck clams, oysters and mussels only, closed to all other bivalve 
shellfish;
Subareas 16-9, 16-12 and 16-13 closed to butter clams, scallops, geoduck and 
horse clams only;
Balance of Area 16 closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 17:
Subareas 17-1 to 17-4, 17-6 to 17-15, 17-18, 17-19 and 17-21 open to manila 
clams, littleneck clams, oysters and mussels only, closed to all other bivalve 
shellfish; 
Subareas 17-5 and 17-17 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters, 
mussels and butter clams only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish; 
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.   

Area 18:
Subareas 18-2, 18-3 and 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:
Subareas 19-5 and 19-6 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters and 
mussels only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
Balance of Area 19 closed to all bivalve shellfish. 

Area 20:
Subareas 20-1 to 20-5 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters and 
mussels only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish; 
Subareas 20-6 and 20-7 closed to butter clams, scallops, geoduck and horse 
clams only; 
Balance of Area 20 closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Areas 21 to 22:
Closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 23:
Subareas 23-3 to 23-6 (except that portion of Subarea 23-6 northeast of a line 
drawn from a point of land at 48 degrees 58.47 minutes north latitude and 125 
degrees 04.92 minutes west longitude to a point of land at 48 degrees 58.61 
minutes north latitude and 125 degrees 05.05 minutes west longitude, known as 
Useless Inlet) open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters and mussels 
only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
Subarea 23-10 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters, mussels, 
scallops, geoduck and horse clams only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish; 
Balance of Area 23 closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 24:
Subareas 24-6 to 24-8 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 25-7, 25-11 and 25-15 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. 

Area 26:
Closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 27:
Subarea 27-9 open to mussels only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish; 
Balance of Area 27 closed to all bivalve shellfish. 

Areas 28 and 29:
Closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Areas 101 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 - FN1367
Sent December 21, 2015 at 1449