Fisheries and Oceans Canada

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Molluscan Shellfish Harvesting Closure - Significant Rainfall - Southwest Coast

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) advises the public of the closure for the harvesting of all bivalve shellfish including Arctic wedge calms, Atlantic razor clams, Atlantic surf clams, bay quahaugs, northern propeller clams, ocean quahaugs, softshell clam, Stimpson's surf clams, bay mussels, blue mussel, horse mussels, American oysters, bay scallops, Iceland scallops, purple hinge rock scallop, (except sea scallops), northern moon snails, waved whelks, and Stimpson's whelks for recreational or commercial purposes in the following areas effective 1400 hours on July 14, 2023:

From Robinsons Head (at Lat 48.26058 Long -58.80971), southwest to a point at Lat 47.87155 Long -59.59548, and then southeast to a point at Lat 47.53886 Long -59.35378, and east to the headland at Indian Harbour (Lat 47.63997, Long -58.4232).

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: Check Before you Harvest

The Regional Director General, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador Region gives notice that Prohibition Order NSN-2023-004 comes into effect at 1400 hours on July 14, 2023.

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: Canadian Shellfish Sanitation Program (CSSP)

For information, contact:

Ellen Careen
Senior Aquaculture Management Officer
Aquatic Ecosystems Branch
Tel.(709) 685-5629