Fishery Notice

Category(s):
ABORIGINAL - General Information
AQUACULTURE - Shellfish
COMMERCIAL - Invertebrates: Clam - Intertidal
COMMERCIAL - Invertebrates: Clam - Razor
COMMERCIAL - Invertebrates: Geoduck and Horseclam
COMMERCIAL - Invertebrates: Oyster
COMMERCIAL - Invertebrates: Scallop by Trawl
General Information
RECREATIONAL - Shellfish
Sanitary/Other Contamination Closures
Subject:
FN1383-SANITARY - Area 13 - Emergency Closure for Bivalve Shellfish at Subtle Islands in Sutil Channel and Plunger Passage, Subarea 13-16 which includes BC Land Registry Shellfish Aquaculture Tenure #1401533.


Effective immediately there is a harvest prohibition for all bivalve shellfish 
at Subtle Islands in Sutil Channel and Plunger Passage, including BC 
Aquaculture Tenure Land File #1401533, Subarea 13-16 until further notice. The 
Pacific Region Interdepartmental Shellfish Committee has recommended that an 
emergency closure be put in place as harvest of bivalve shellfish are no longer 
safe for human consumption.  Oysters tested positive for norovirus at the 
Canadian Food Inspection Agency lab indicating that there may be factors at the 
harvest site which could have caused contamination of the harvested shellstock. 

Emergency Closure 13.mm - Subtle Islands

The waters and intertidal foreshore at Subtle Islands in Sutil Channel and 
Plunger Passage, including BC Aquaculture Tenure Land File #1401533, in Subarea 
13-16, inside a line that commences at a point of land on the northernmost 
Subtle Island at 50°07.41' north latitude and 125°05.12' west longitude, then 
follows the shoreline west and south to a point of land at 50°07.18' north 
latitude and 125°05.07' west longitude, then in a straight line to a point on 
land on the southern island at 50°07.08' north latitude and 125°04.96' west 
longitude, then following the northern shoreline to the easternmost point of 
the island at 50°07.02' north latitude and 125°04.69' west longitude, then in a 
straight line to a point of land on the northernmost island at 50°07.29' north 
latitude and 125°04.56' west longitude, then following the shoreline to a point 
of land at 50°07.43' north latitude and 125°04.77' west longitude, then in a 
straight line to the point of commencement.

Detailed bivalve shellfish closure information and maps are available at our 
website: 

http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/psp

and at local DFO offices.

For more information contact a local DFO office, Elysha Gordon at 250-756-7192.

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN1383
Sent December 23, 2016 at 1213