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: Shrimp Trawl
PSP (Red Tide) /Other Marine Toxins
RECREATIONAL - Shellfish
Subject:
FN0397-Bivalve Shellfish: Marine Biotoxin - Update for Areas 4, 5, 12, 23 and Summary for all Areas - April 14, 2021.


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 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 and biotoxin closures please go to: http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/contamination/index-eng.htm

Area 4
Effective immediately there is a harvest prohibition for all bivalve shellfish in Subareas 4-2 and 4-13.

The geoduck fishery is complete.

Effective immediately there is a harvest prohibition for geoduck and horse clam in Subarea 4-9.

The geoduck fishery is complete.

Please see the summary table for the status of all subareas in Area 4.

Area 5
Effective immediately there is a harvest prohibition for geoduck and horse clam in Subarea 5-11 and that portion of Subarea 5-20 north of a line at 53°30.94'north latitude.

The geoduck fishery is complete.

Please see the summary table for the status of all subareas in Area 5.
Area 12
Effective immediately the harvest prohibition for butter clams and cockles is lifted in Subareas 12-16 and 12-17.

The most recent marine biotoxin results were acceptable.

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

Area 23
Effective immediately the harvest prohibition for geoduck and horse clam is lifted in Subarea 23-10.

The most recent marine biotoxin results were acceptable.

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

SUMMARY OF ALL SHELLFISH HARVESTING AREAS:

Area 1 
Subarea 1-5 open for butter clams, razor clams and cockles only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;

Balance of Area 1 closed to all bivalve shellfish,

Area 2
Subarea 2-31 (Closure 2-31.A) closed to all bivalve shellfish;
That portion of Subarea 2-31 west of a line running from Cape Fanny (52°07.09'north latitude and 131°10.70'west longitude) true south to the Subarea boundary (a map can be found at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/includes/2-31.A.jpeg).

Subarea 2-31 (Closure 2-31.B) closed to all bivalve shellfish;
That portion of Subarea 2-31 east of a line running from Cape Fanny (52°07.09'north latitude and 131°10.70'west longitude) true south to the Subarea boundary (a map can be found at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/includes/2-31.B.jpeg).

Balance of Area 2 closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 3
Closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 4
Subarea 4-9 (Closure 4-9.A) (described below) open to scallops only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish; 
Subarea 4-9 except 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 (a map can be found at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/includes/4-9.A.jpeg)

Subarea 4-9 (Closure 4-9.B) (described below) open to scallops 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 (a map can be found at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/includes/4-9.B.jpeg)

Balance of Area 4 closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 5 
Subarea 5-20 (Closure 5-20.A) closed to all bivalve shellfish;
That portion of Subarea 5-20 north of a line at 53°30.94'north latitude.

Subarea 5-20 (Closure 5-20.B) closed to all bivalve shellfish; 
That portion of Subarea 5-20 south of a line at 53°30.94'north latitude.

Balance of Area 5 closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 6
Subarea 6-13 (Closure 6-13.A) closed to all bivalve shellfish;
That portion of Subarea 6-13 north of a line (parallel) running along 52 degrees 40.85 minutes north latitude.

Subarea 6-13 (Closure 6-13.B) closed to all bivalve shellfish; 
That portion of Subarea 6-13 south of a line (parallel) running along 52 degrees 40.85 minutes north latitude.

Balance of Area 6 closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Areas 7
Subarea 7-25 (Closure 7-25.A) (described below) closed to all bivalve shellfish; 
That portion of Subarea 7-25 west of a line from Stubbs Point on Dodwell Island to a point on the northern island of the McNaughton Group at 51 degrees 58.6 minutes north latitude, 128 degrees 13.9 minutes west longitude, then following the eastern shore of that island to the southern tip of that island, then true south to the adjacent island, then westerly following along that island to the narrowest point between it and the island directly to the west (51 degrees 56.50 minutes north latitude, 128 degrees 14.04 minutes west longitude), then true west to that island (51 degrees 56.50 minutes north latitude, 128 degrees 14.074 minutes west longitude), then southerly and westerly along the shore of that island to the most southwestern point of that island at 51 degrees 56.02 minutes north latitude, 128 degrees 15.18 minutes west longitude, then true south to that island directly south of it, and then southerly to the southernmost point of that island at 51 degrees 54.27 minutes north latitude, 128 degrees 14.34 minutes west longitude, and then southerly to 51 degrees 53.97 minutes north latitude, 128 degrees 14.29 minutes west longitude on Hunter Island (a map can be found at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/includes/7-25.A.jpeg)

Subarea 7-25 (Closure 7-25.B) (described below) closed to all bivalve shellfish; 
That portion of Subarea 7-25 east of a line from Stubbs Point on Dodwell Island to a point on the northern island of the McNaughton Group at 51 degrees 58.6 minutes north latitude, 128 degrees 13.9 minutes west longitude, then following the eastern shore of that island to the southern tip of that island, then true south to the adjacent island, then westerly following along that island to the narrowest point between it and the island directly to the west (51 degrees 56.50 minutes north latitude, 128 degrees 14.04 minutes west longitude), then true west to that island (51 degrees 56.50 minutes north latitude, 128 degrees 14.074 minutes west longitude), then southerly and westerly along the shore of that island to the most southwestern point of that island at 51 degrees 56.02 minutes north latitude, 128 degrees 15.18 minutes west longitude, then true south to that island directly south of it, and then southerly to the southernmost point of that island at 51 degrees 54.27 minutes north latitude, 128 degrees 14.34 minutes west longitude, and then southerly to 51 degrees 53.97 minutes north latitude, 128 degrees 14.29 minutes west longitude on Hunter Island (a map can be found at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/includes/7-25.B.jpeg)

Subarea 7-27 (Closure 7-27.A) (described below)closed to all  bivalve shellfish; That portion of Subarea 7-27 east of the meridian passing through 128 degrees 9 minutes west longitude (a map can be found at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/includes/7-27.A.jpeg).

Subarea 7-27 (Closure 7-27.B) (described below)closed to all bivalve shellfish; That portion of Subarea 7-27 west of the meridian passing through 128 degrees 9 minutes west longitude (a map can be found at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/includes/7-27.B.jpeg).

Balance of Area 7 closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Areas 8 to 10
Closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 11
Subarea 11-2 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters, mussels and scallops only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;

Balance of Area 11 closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 12
Subareas 12-6, 12-16, 12-17 and 12-26 open to butter clams and cockles only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;

Subarea 12-39 (Closure 12-39.A) (described below) closed to all bivalve shellfish; 
That portion of Subarea 12-39 north 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 Subarea 12-7 at (50° 45.006' N, 126° 47.224' W) (a map can be found at 
http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/includes/12-39.A.jpeg)

Subarea 12-39 (Closure 12-39.B) (described below) open to butter clams and cockles only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
That portion of Subarea 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 Subarea 12-7 at (50° 45.006' N, 126° 47.224' W) (a map can be found at 
http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/includes/12-39.B.jpeg) 

Balance of Area 12 closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 13
Subarea 13-1 open to pink scallops, spiny scallops, butter clams, manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters and mussels only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;

Subareas 13-12 to 13-14 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters and mussels only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;

Subarea 13-15 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters, mussels and scallops only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;

Subarea 13-16 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters, mussels and varnish clams only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;

Subarea 13-17 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters, mussels, scallops and varnish clams only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;

Balance of Area 13 closed to all bivalve shellfish.
							
Area 14 
Subareas 14-1 to 14-4, 14-7, 14-9, 14-10, 14-13 and 14-14 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters and mussels only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;

Subarea 14-5 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters, mussels and scallops only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;

Subarea 14-8 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters, mussels, varnish clams and scallops only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish.

Subarea 14-11 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters, mussels and butter clams only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;

Subarea 14-15 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters, mussels, varnish clams, butter clams and scallops only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;

Balance of Area 14 closed to all bivalve shellfish.

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 (Closure 15-5.A) (described below)closed to all 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 (a map can be found at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/includes/15-5.A.jpeg)  

Subarea 15-5 (Closure 15-5.B) (described below) open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters, mussels, and scallops only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
That portion of Subarea 15-5 southeast of a line drawn from an unnamed point on the east coast of Cortes Island at 50°11.74' north latitude and 124°56.94' west longitude, thence northeasterly to a point on the west coast of West Redonda Island at 50°12.29' north latitude and 124°56.55' west longitude, thence southerly and then northerly following the shoreline of West Redonda Island to a point on the southeast shoreline of West Redonda Island at 50°07.87' north latitude and 124°48.03' west longitude, thence easterly to a point on the mainland at 50°07.77' north latitude and 124°43.27' west longitude, thence southerly following the shoreline to Zephine Head at 50°04.57' north latitude and 124°48.30' west longitude, then southeasterly following the boundary line to Sarah Point at 50°03.76' north latitude and 124°50.61' west longitude, thence following the boundary line to Mary Point at 50°03.44' north latitude and 124°53.13' west longitude, thence northerly following the eastern shoreline of Cortes Island back to the point of commencement (a map can be found at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/includes/15-5.B.jpeg) 

Subarea 15-5 (Closure 15-5.C) (described below) open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters, mussels and scallops only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
That portion of Subarea 15-5 north of a line drawn from a point on West Redonda Island at 50°18.12' north latitude and 124°55.48' west longitude, thence westerly to a point on the east coast of Raza Island at 50°18.26' north latitude and 124°58.10' west longitude, thence northerly to a point on George Head on the mainland at 50°20.66' north latitude and 124°57.92' west longitude, thence easterly following the shoreline to 50°20.67' north latitude and 124°45.00' west longitude, thence southeasterly following the boundary line to Brettell Point at 50°19.51' north latitude and 124°44.15' west longitude, thence southerly following the shoreline to a point at 50°07.77' north latitude and 124°43.27' west longitude, thence easterly to a point on the southeast shore of West Redonda Island at 50°07.87' north latitude and 124°48.03' west longitude, thence northerly and westerly following the shoreline of West Redonda Island back to the point of commencement 
(a map can be found at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/includes/15-5.C.jpeg) 

Balance of Area 15 closed to all bivalve shellfish.   
	
Area 16
Subarea 16-22 open to geoduck and horse clams only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;

Subareas 16-5 to 16-8, 16-10, 16-11, 16-12, 16-13, 16-16, 16-17, 16-19 to 16-21 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters and mussels only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;

Balance of Area 16 closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 17
Subareas 17-2 to 17-4, 17-7, 17-8 to 17-10, 17-12 to 17-14 and 17-17 to 17-19 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters and mussels only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;

Subarea 17-5 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, butter clams, oysters, and mussels only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;

Subarea 17-6 (Closure 17-6.A) (described below) open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters and mussels only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
That portion of Subarea 17-6 west of a line drawn from a point starting at the boundary line for Subarea 17-8 on Penelakut (Kuper) Island at 48º56.06' north latitude and 123º37.88' west longitude, heading in a straight line southwesterly to a point 48º55.03' north latitude, 123º38.48' west longitude on the Subarea boundary line between Subareas 17-6 and 17-9 (a map can be found at 
http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/includes/17-6.A.jpeg)

Subarea 17-6 (Closure 17-6.B) (described below), open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters and mussels only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
That portion of Subarea 17-6 east of a line drawn from a point starting at the boundary line for Subarea 17-8 on Penelakut (Kuper) Island at 48º56.06' north latitude and 123º37.88' west longitude heading in a straight line southwesterly to a point at 48º55.02' north latitude, 123º38.48' west longitude on the Subarea boundary line between Subareas 17-6 and 17-9 (a map can be found at 
http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/includes/17-6.B.jpeg) 

Subarea 17-16 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, butter clams, oysters and mussels 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;

Balance of Area 17 closed to all 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 19-7, 19-8, 19-10, 19-11 and 19-12 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..

Areas 20
Subareas 20-1 to 20-3 open to mussels only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;

Subareas 20-5 to 20-7 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters, and mussels only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;

Balance of Area 20 closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Areas 21 to 22
Closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 23
Subarea 23-3 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters and mussels only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;

Subarea 23-4 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters, mussels and butter clams only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;

Subarea 23-5 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters  and mussels only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;

Subarea 23-6 (Closure 23-6.A) (described below) open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters and mussels only, closed to all  other bivalve shellfish;
Subarea 23-6 except that portion northeast of a line drawn from a point of land at 48°58.47' north latitude and 125°04.92' west longitude to a point of land at 48°58.61' north latitude and 125°05.05' west longitude, known as Useless Inlet 
(a map can be found at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/includes/23-6.A.jpeg);

Subarea 23-6 (Closure 23-6.B) (described below) open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters and mussels only, closed to all  other bivalve shellfish;
That portion of Subarea 23-6 northeast of a line drawn from a point of land at 48°58.47' north latitude and 125°04.92' west longitude to a point of land at 48°58.61' north latitude and 125°05.05' west longitude, known as Useless Inlet 
(a map can be found at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/includes/23-6.B.jpeg);

Subarea 23-8 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 clam only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;

Balance of Area 23 closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 24
Subareas 24-3 to 24-5, 24-13 and 24-14 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters and mussels only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;

Subarea 24-6 (Closure 24-6.A) (described below) closed to all bivalve shellfish;
That portion of Subarea 24-6 east of a line from an unnamed point on Vargas Island at 49°12.984' north latitude, 126°01.0433' west longitude drawn North to a point near Eby Rock at 49°13.143' north latitude, 126°01.189' west longitude then South of a line to the western most point on Morfee Island (at 49°13.6' north latitude, 125°58.1' west longitude), then east of a line from this point to a prominent unnamed point on Vancouver Island approximately 1/2 mile northwest of the western most point of Morfee Island (at 49°13.6' north latitude, 125°58.1' west longitude) (a map can be found at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/includes/24-6.A.jpeg).

Subarea 24-6 (Closure 24-6.B) (described below) open to geoduck and horse clams only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
Subarea 24-6 except that portion of Subarea 24-6 east of a line from an unnamed point on Vargas Island at 49°12.984' north latitude, 126°01.0433' west longitude drawn North to a point near Eby Rock at 49°13.143' north latitude, 126°01.189' west longitude then South of a line to the western most point on Morphee Island (at 49°13.6' north latitude, 125°58.1' west longitude), then east of a line from this point to a prominent unnamed point on Vancouver Island approximately 1/2 mile northwest of the western most point of Morfee Island (at 49°13.6' north latitude, 125°58.1' west longitude) (a map can be found at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/includes/24-6.B.jpeg).

Subarea 24-9 open to geoduck, horse clams, manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters and mussels only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;

Balance of Area 24 closed to all bivalve shellfish.  

Area 25
Subareas 25-1 to 25-7, 25-9, 25-10, 25-11, 25-12 to 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.

Areas 26 to 29, 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/fm-gp/contamination/index-eng.html

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 toxins, sewage and conservation closures prior to digging.

For more information contact Elysha Gordon at 250-756-7192.

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0397
Sent April 14, 2021 at 1551