Effective immediately there is a harvest prohibition for all bivalve shellfish in Subarea 23-4 (as announced in DFO Fishery Notice FN1061-Bivalve Shellfish: Marine Biotoxin – Update for Area 23 – Sept 30, 2016.
The product may be contaminated given the deviance from the sampling requirements established under the biotoxin monitoring program.
Subareas 23-3, 23-5, 23-6 and 23-10 open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters and mussels only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish; Subareas 23-5, 23-8, 23-9 and 23-10 are also open to geoduck and horse clams. These areas are closed to all other bivalve shellfish; Balance of Area 23 closed to all bivalve shellfish.
Anyone planning to harvest locally should check for updates immediately prior to doing so either online at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/contamination/biotox/index-eng.html or by calling Natural Resources in the Anacla Office.
See details at: Fishery Notice – Bi-valve closure