Fishery Notice

Category(s):
COMMERCIAL - Invertebrates: Clam - Intertidal
Subject:
FN1386-COMMERCIAL - Invertebrates: Intertidal Manila and Littleneck Clams - Area E - Portions of Areas 17 and 18 Opens December 29, 2016


Invertebrates: Manila and Littleneck Clams Area E.

Opens from 16:00 hours December 29, 2016 to 07:00 December 30, 2016 (1 tide) by 
hand digging only in the following areas:

Area 17:
Subareas 17-1 to 17-6, 17-8 to 17-10, 17-12, 17-13, 17-16 to 17-20.

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 
2016-2018 clam management plan.

Variation Order No. 2016-593


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 closure areas. 
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:
http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/contamination/biotox/index-eng.htm

Notes: 

Recreational, Parks and Food, Social and Ceremonial closures are described on 
pages 11 and 12 of appendix 1 of the 2016-2018 Clam Management plan e.g. 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 2016 Fish Harvester Registration Card 
and a 2016 commercial clam licence to participate in openings.

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

Fishers should consult the 2016/2018 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 2016 licence and meet the conditions of 
that licence. (I.e. wear a high visibility vest with licence number marked on 
it and the sacks of clams must be immediately tagged with the licence number as 
soon as clams are placed in it). 

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

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
David Fogtmann
250 339-3799

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN1386
Sent December 28, 2016 at 1057