Shellfish Sanitation Closures

FISHERIES AND OCEANS CANADA

PUBLIC NOTICE

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April 30, 2015

Emergency Storm Closure: Molluscan Shellfish Harvesting in Notre Dame Bay

Significant Weather Closure: A storm system which passed through the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador in the past 48 hours has deposited significant amounts of rain in areas of Notre Dame Bay. Environment Canada has reason to believe that bivalve molluscan shellfish are at risk of being contaminated from surface runoff from adjacent coastal watersheds and discharges from potentially-overloaded wastewater systems.

DFO has therefore closed all waters within 3 km of the coastline and islands of western Notre Dame Bay from Cape St. John (located on the Baie Verte Peninsula approximate Lat/Lon 49.9717/-55.4759) east to North Head (located east of Fortune Harbour at approximate Lat/Lon 49.5437/-55.1594), for the harvesting of all bivalve molluscan shellfish.

For information on Significant Weather Shellfish Closures please see the following website.

Facts on Shellfish Harvest Area Closures Related to Significant Weather Events

This Prohibition Order came in to effect on April 30, 2015 at 1800 hours.

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Contact:

Amy Kavanagh-Penney
Resource Management
email: amy.kavanagh-penney@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
Tel: 709-772-8831