FISHERIES AND OCEANS CANADA
NOTICE TO FISHERS
15 January 2018
Molluscan Shellfish Harvesting Closure - Significant Rainfall - Western Newfoundland
Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) advises the public of the closure for the harvesting of bivalve molluscan shellfish, including scallops, mussels, and clams for recreational or commercial purposes in the following areas (effective 6:00 p.m. Monday, January 15, 2018):
- all waters within 3 km of the coastline on the west coast of NL, from the community of
Saint George’s [48.4386 -58.4747] north to Sally’s Cove (north of Rocky Harbour) [49.7318 -57.9363]
As a result, there is reason to believe that the sanitary conditions of the adjacent marine waters may have degraded to the point where accepted water quality standards have been exceeded and the contamination of the water would likely pose a risk to public health if shellfish in the affected area were harvested for consumption.
More detailed information on these closed areas can be obtained from the nearest DFO office or the following website:
The Regional Director General, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador Region gives notice that Prohibition Order NSN2018-001 comes into effect at 1800 hours on January 15, 2018.
In accordance with Appendix VIII of the CSSP Manual of Operations, these areas must remain closed for a minimum of seven days. There will be a Public Notice when the closure is lifted.
For more information on the Canadian Shellfish Sanitation Program please consult the following website: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/food/fish-and-seafood/shellfish-sanitation/eng/1299826806807/1299826912745
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