Sep. 1, 2016


Expanded Molluscan Shellfish Harvesting Closure in Notre Dame Bay


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 area of Notre Dame Bay (effective Thursday, September 1,2016 at 1800 hours):


- all waters within 3 km of the coastline and islands from the headland at 616428E 548481N (UTM zone 21, NAD83) east to a point near Cape Freels at 317550E 5461710N (UTM Zone 22, NAD83). This includes classified waters in: Osmonton Arm, Big Island West Arm, Strong Island Sound, South Arm, Fortune Harbour, Thwart Island, Reach Run, Coal All Island, Goshens Arm, Burnt Arm and Upper Gut Arm


Further to the weather closure recommendation made on Aug 30, 2016 ECCC has collected routine samples from the South Arm area and determined there has been a significant impact of fecal contamination in the water quality supporting the earlier weather related recommendation. 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. Therefore, in consideration of the extent of contamination recorded, this emergency closure is enlarged westward to include the coastal waters east of Leading Tickles.


More detailed information on these closed areas can be obtained from the nearest DFO office.


Newfoundland and Labrador Regions gives notice that Prohibition Order NSN2016-008 has been revoked and Prohibition Order NSN2016-009 comes into effect on September 1, 2016 at 1800 hours.


For more information on the Canadian Shellfish Sanitation Program please consult the following website:



For information, contact:
David Curtis
Senior Project Biologist
Marine Water Quality Monitoring - Atlantic
Environment & Climate Change Canada T: 709-772-4359