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:
FN1380-Bivalve Shellfish: Marine Biotoxin - Update for Areas 7, 23 and 27 and Summary for all Areas - December 24, 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 7
Effective immediately there is a harvest prohibition for all bivalve shellfish 
in Subareas 7-9 and 7-15. 

The product may be contaminated given the deviance from the sampling 
requirements established under the biotoxin monitoring program.

Please see the summary table for the status of all subareas in Area 7.

Area 23
Effective immediately there is a harvest prohibition for all bivalve shellfish 
in Subarea 23-6.

The product may be contaminated given the deviance from the sampling 
requirements established under the biotoxin monitoring program.

Effective immediately there is a harvest prohibition for geoduck and horse 
clams in Subarea 23-10.

The most recent marine biotoxin results were unacceptable.

Please see the summary table for the status of all subareas in Area 23.

Area 27
Effective immediately there is a harvest prohibition for all bivalve shellfish 
in Subarea 27-9. 

The product may be contaminated given the deviance from the sampling 
requirements established under the biotoxin monitoring program.

Please see the summary table for the status of all subareas in Area 27.


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 24, 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 7-12, 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;
Subarea 18-10 open to butter clams and cockles 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 23-5 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 and 
scallops 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 to 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 - FN1380
Sent December 24, 2015 at 1152