Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Emergency Shellfish Closure Vancouver Island

Bivalve Shellfish Closed
East and West Coast Vancouver Island

Fisheries and Oceans Canada have issued an emergency closure of bivalve shellfish on the east and west coast of Vanvouver Island.

Excessive rainfall is occurring on the southern coast of BC. The Pacific Interdepartmental Shellfish Committee has agreed that precautionary closures in many shellfish harvest areas are warranted in these extraordinary circumstances, when the risk of contaminated shellstock is significantly increased.

Harvest of bivalve shellfish is now prohibited until further notice from Pacific Fishery Management Areas 14, 17, 18, 23 and 24.

In areas that are beyond the influence of waste water treatment plants closures will remain in place for a minimum of 7 days and may re-open without water and shellstock samples once flood waters return to normal.
You can find detailed information about this closure using this
Nanaimo Info LINK.


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