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Fishery Notices – February 10, 2017
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FISHERY CATEGORY(S):

Herring – Food and Bait

Herring: Food and Bait - Food and Bait Herring Fishery Closure(s)

AREAS:

Area 3, 4, 5, 13, 14, 17, 18, and 29

Strait of Georgia - Areas 13, 14, 17, 18 and 29

Pursuant to Variation Order 2016-509, the 2016/2017 Food and Bait Herring Fishery in the Strait of Georgia will close to fishing at 23:59 hours February 12, 2017.

Prince Rupert - Area 3: Subareas 3-1 to 3-3 and 3-7 and portions of Subarea 3-4; Area 4; and Area 5: Subareas 5-1, 5-2, 5-3 and 5-10.

Pursuant to Variation Order 2016-508, the 2016/2017 Food and Bait Herring Fishery in the Prince Rupert area will close to fishing at 23:59 hours February 25, 2017.

These are end of season closures and are part of the 2016/2017 Integrated Fisheries Management Plan for Herring.

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FISHERY CATEGORY(S):

PSP (Red Tide)/Other Marine Bio-toxins
Commercial - Intertidal Clams
Commercial - Geoduck And Horse Clams
Commercial - Oysters
Commercial - Razor Clams
Commercial - Scallop by Trawl
Recreational- Shellfish
Aboriginal - General Information

SPECIES AFFECTED:

Bivalve Molluscs
Butter Clam
Horse Clam
Manila Clam
Mussels
Native Littleneck Clam
Nuttall Cockle (aka Heart Cockle)
Oysters
Pacific Geoduck
Pacific Razor
Pink Scallop (aka Reddish Scallop)
Scallop
Spiny Scallop
Varnish Clam


Bivalve Shellfish: Marine Biotoxin – Update for Areas 12, 16, 24 and Summary for all Areas – February 10, 2017.

UPDATE:

Maps of Fishery Management Areas and Subareas can be found at:

http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/contamination/biotox/index-eng.htm

Area 12
Effective immediately there is a harvest prohibition for all bivalve shellfish in Subareas 12-16 and 12-17.

The product may be contaminated given the deviance from the sampling requirements established under the biotoxin monitoring program.

Please see the summary table for the status of all Subareas in Area 12.

Area 16
Effective immediately the harvest prohibition for manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters and mussels is lifted in Subareas 16-1 to 16-4, 16-10 and 16-17.

The most recent marine biotoxin results were acceptable.

Please see the summary table for the status of all Subareas in Area 16.

Area 24
Effective immediately the harvest prohibition for manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters and mussels is lifted in Subareas 24-3, 24-13 and 24-14.

The most recent marine biotoxin results were acceptable.

Please see the summary table for the status of all Subareas in Area 24.

SUMMARY:

The following information in this fishery notice reflects Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP, red tide), Domoic Acid Poisoning (also known as Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning (ASP)), Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning (DSP) and other marine toxin closures as of February 10, 2017 for bivalve shellfish (oysters, clams, scallops, mussels, and geoduck). Note that this fishery notice does not describe sewage contamination closures. For information on sewage contamination and biotoxin closures please go to:
http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/contamination/index-eng.htm

Area 1
Subarea 1-5 open to razor clams, butter clams, cockles and scallops only, closed to other bivalve shellfish;
Balance of Area 1 closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Areas 2 to 3
Closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 4
Subarea 4-9 (Closure 4-9.A) (described below) closed to all bivalve shellfish;
Subarea 4-9 except the waters and intertidal foreshore of a portion of Subarea 4-9 inside a line that commences at a point on the shore of Digby Island at 54°17.371’ north latitude and 130°27.654’ west longitude, thence to a point on the shore of the largest of the Lucy Islands at 54°17.666’ north latitude and 130°36.575 west longitude, thence to a point on the shore of Rachel Island at 54°12.770’ north latitude and 130°33.643’ west longitude, thence to a point on the shore of Digby Island at 54°15.865’ north latitude and 130°25.623’ west longitude, thence following the shore of Digby Island to the point of commencement (a map can be found at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/contamination/biotox/4-9.a-eng.html);

Subarea 4-9 (Closure 4-9.B) (described below) open to scallops only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
The waters and intertidal foreshore of a portion of Subarea 4-9 inside a line that commences at a point on the shore of Digby Island at 54°17.371' north latitude and 130°27.654' west longitude, thence to a point on the shore of the largest of the Lucy Islands at 54°17.666' north latitude and 130°36.575 west longitude, thence to a point on the shore of Rachel Island at 54°12.770' north latitude and 130°33.643' west longitude, thence to a point on the shore of Digby Island at 54°15.865' north latitude and 130°25.623' west longitude, thence following the shore of Digby Island to the point of commencement (a map can be found at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/contamination/biotox/4-9.b-eng.html);

Balance of Area 4 closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 5
Closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 6
Subareas 6-10, 6-11, 6-13 to 6-16, 6-18 and 6-19 open to geoduck and horse clams only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
Balance of Area 6 closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 7
That portion of Subarea 7-18 east of a line from the southwestern tip of Campbell Island to the northwestern tip of Dodwell Island open to geoduck and horse clams only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
Subareas 7-25 to 7-28 open to geoduck and horse clams only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
Balance of Area 7 closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Areas 8 to 11
Closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 12
Subarea 12-26 open to butter clams and cockles only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;

Subarea 12-39 (Closure 12-39.A) (described below) closed to all bivalve shellfish;
That portion of Subarea 12-39 North of a line drawn at Sharp Point on Broughton Island at (50° 47.467’N, 126° 36.090’ W) proceeding westerly down Fife Sound into Nowell Channel intersecting the boundary with PFMA 12-7 at (50° 45.006’ N, 126° 47.224’ W) (a map can be found at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/contamination/biotox/12-39.a-eng.html);

Subarea 12-39 (Closure 12-39.B) (described below) open to butter clams and cockles only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
That portion of Subarea 12-39 South of a line drawn at Sharp Point on Broughton Island at (50° 47.467’N, 126° 36.090’ W) proceeding westerly down Fife Sound into Nowell Channel intersecting the boundary with PFMA 12-7 at (50° 45.006’ N, 126° 47.224’ W) (a map can be found at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/contamination/biotox/12-39.b-eng.html);

Balance of Area 12 closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 13
Subareas 13-1 and 13-16 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters and mussels only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
Subareas 13-12 to 13-14 and 13-17 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters, mussels and Pacific scallops only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
Subarea 13-15 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters, mussels, varnish clams, geoduck and horse clams only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
Balance of Area 13 closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 14
Subareas 14-3, 14-5, 14-9, 14-13 and 14-14 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters and mussels only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
Subarea 14-7 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters, mussels and butter clams only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
Subarea 14-8 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters, mussels and varnish clams only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
Subarea 14-10 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters, mussels, geoduck and horse clams only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
Subarea 14-11 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters, mussels, butter clams and cockles only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
Subarea 14-15 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters, mussels, varnish clams, butter clams and scallops only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
Balance of Area 14 closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 15
Subareas 15-1 and 15-3 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters and mussels only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
Subarea 15-2 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters, mussels, geoduck and horse clams only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
Subarea 15-4 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters, mussels and scallops only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;

Subarea 15-5 (Closure 15-5.A) (described below) open to mussels only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
That portion of Subarea 15-5 south of a line drawn from a point on the northeast shoreline of Raza Island at 50°18.26’ north latitude and 124°58.10’ west longitude, thence easterly to a point on the west coast of West Redonda Island at 50°18.12’ north latitude and 124°55.48’ west longitude, thence southerly following the shoreline of West Redonda Island to a point at 50°12.29’ north latitude and 124°56.55’ west longitude, thence southwesterly to a point on the northeast coast of Cortes Island at 50°11.74’ north latitude and 124°56.94’ west longitude, thence northwesterly following the shoreline of Cortes Island to Bullock Bluff, thence true north following the boundary line to Raza Island, and thence following the shoreline northeasterly back to the point of commencement (a map can be found at www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/contamination/biotox/15-5.a-eng.html);

Subarea 15-5 (Closure 15-5.B) (described below) open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters, mussels, scallops, geoduck and horse clams only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
That portion of Subarea 15-5 southeast of a line drawn from an unnamed point on the east coast of Cortes Island at 50°11.74’ north latitude and 124°56.94’ west longitude, thence northeasterly to a point on the west coast of West Redonda Island at 50°12.29’ north latitude and 124°56.55’ west longitude, thence southerly and then northerly following the shoreline of West Redonda Island to a point on the southeast shoreline of West Redonda Island at 50°07.87’ north latitude and 124°48.03’ west longitude, thence easterly to a point on the mainland at 50°07.77’ north latitude and 124°43.27’ west longitude, thence southerly following the shoreline to Zephine Head at 50°04.57’ north latitude and 124°48.30’ west longitude, then southeasterly following the boundary line to Sarah Point at 50°03.76’ north latitude and 124°50.61’ west longitude, thence following the boundary line to Mary Point at 50°03.44’ north latitude and 124°53.13’ west longitude, thence northerly following the eastern shoreline of Cortes Island back to the point of commencement (a map can be found at www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/contamination/biotox/15-5.b-eng.html);

Subarea 15-5 (Closure 15-5.C) (described below) open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters, mussels and scallops only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
That portion of Subarea 15-5 north of a line drawn from a point on West Redonda Island at 50°18.12’ north latitude and 124°55.48’ west longitude, thence westerly to a point on the east coast of Raza Island at 50°18.26’ north latitude and 124°58.10’ west longitude, thence northerly to a point on George Head on the mainland at 50°20.66’ north latitude and 124°57.92’ west longitude, thence easterly following the shoreline to 50°20.67’ north latitude and 124°45.00’ west longitude, thence southeasterly following the boundary line to Brettell Point at 50°19.51’ north latitude and 124°44.15’ west longitude, thence southerly following the shoreline to a point at 50°07.77’ north latitude and 124°43.27’ west longitude, thence easterly to a point on the southeast shore of West Redonda Island at 50°07.87’ north latitude and 124°48.03’ west longitude, thence northerly and westerly following the shoreline of West Redonda Island back to the point of commencement (a map can be found at www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/contamination/biotox/15-5.c-eng.html);

Balance of Area 15 closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 16
Subareas 16-1 to 16-13 and 16-16 to 16-22 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters and mussels only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
Balance of Area 16 closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 17
Subareas 17-1 to 17-3, 17-7 to 17-14, 17-18, 17-19 and 17-21 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters and mussels only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
Subareas 17-4, 17-5 and 17-17 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters, mussels and butter clams only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;

Subarea 17-6 (Closure 17-6.A) (described below) open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters and mussels only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
That portion of Subarea 17-6 west of a line drawn from a point starting at the boundary line for Subarea 17-8 on Penelakut (Kuper) Island at 48º56.06' N latitude and 123º37.88' W longitude, heading in a straight line southwesterly to a point 48º55.03' N latitude, 123º38.48' W longitude on the Subarea boundary line between Subareas 17-6 and 17-9 (a map can be found at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/contamination/biotox/17-6.a-eng.html);

Subarea 17-6 (Closure 17-6.B) (described below) open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters and mussels only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
That portion of Subarea 17-6 east of a line drawn from a point starting at the boundary line for Subarea 17-8 on Penelakut (Kuper) Island at 48º56.06' N latitude and 123º37.88' W longitude heading in a straight line southwesterly to a point at 48º55.02' N latitude, 123º38.48' W longitude on the Subarea boundary line between Subareas 17-6 and 17-9 (a map can be found at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/contamination/biotox/17-6.b-eng.html);

Subarea 17-16 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters, mussels, butter clams, cockles, geoduck and horse clams only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
Subarea 17-20 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters, mussels and scallops only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish.
Balance of Area 17 closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 18
Subareas 18-2 and 18-3 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters and mussels only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
Subarea 18-7 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters, mussels, geoduck and horse clams only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
Balance of Area 18 closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 19
Subareas 19-7 to 19-12 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters and mussels only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
Balance of Area 19 closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 20
Subareas 20-5 to 20-7 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters and mussels only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
Balance of Area 20 closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Areas 21 and 22
Closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 23
Subareas 23-3 to 23-5 and 23-10 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters and mussels only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;

Subarea 23-6 (Closure 23-6.A) (described below) open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters and mussels only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
Subarea 23-6 except that portion northeast of a line drawn from a point of land at 48°58.47’ north latitude and 125°04.92’ west longitude to a point of land at 48°58.61’ north latitude and 125°05.05’ west longitude, known as Useless Inlet (a map can be found at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/contamination/biotox/23-6.a-eng.html);

Subarea 23-6 (Closure 23-6.B) (described below) closed to all bivalve shellfish;
That portion of Subarea 23-6 northeast of a line drawn from a point of land at 48°58.47’ north latitude and 125°04.92’ west longitude to a point of land at 48°58.61’ north latitude and 125°05.05’ west longitude, known as Useless Inlet (a map can be found at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/contamination/biotox/23-6.b-eng.html);

Balance of Area 23 closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 24
Subareas 24-3, 24-9, 24-13 and 24-14 open to the harvesting of manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters and mussels only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
Subarea 24-6 open to geoduck and horse clams only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
Balance of Area 24 closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 25
Subareas 25-3, 25-4, 25-6, 25-7, 25-11 and 25-15 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters and mussels only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
Balance of Area 25 closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Areas 26 to 29
Closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Areas 101 to 105
Closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Area 106
Subarea 106-2 open to geoduck and horse clams only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish;
Balance of Area 106 closed to all bivalve shellfish.

Areas 107 to 111, 121, 123 to 127, 130 and 142
Closed to all bivalve shellfish.

NOTES:
Details are broken into Areas and Subareas, as managed by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). Subarea information is not in the British Columbia Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Guide, but it is readily available in non-navigable Subarea management charts that can be obtained at DFO offices. In addition, descriptions of Subareas are set out in the Pacific Fishery Management Area Regulations, 2007. These regulations are available at libraries and from the DFO Pacific Internet at:

http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/index-eng.htm

Maps of Fishery Management Areas and Subareas can also be found at:

http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/maps-cartes/areas-secteurs/index-eng.htm

The public is advised to consult the local DFO office nearest to the site of harvest for the latest information on PSP and other marine toxin, sewage and conservation closures prior to digging.

 

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