FISHERIES AND OCEANS CANADA
Molluscan Shellfish Harvesting Closure - Significant Rainfall
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 areas (effective 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 13,2017):
all waters within 3 km of the coastline and islands surrounding the Avalon Peninsula from Chance Cove to Little Harbour East, NL.
A storm system which passed through the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador from September 8 to September 13, 2017 has deposited significant amounts of rain over these sections of the island of Newfoundland.
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.
The Regional Director General, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador Region gives notice that Prohibition Order NSN2017-006 comes into effect at 1800 hours on September 13, 2017.
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: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/food/fish-and-seafood/shellfish-sanitation/eng/1299826806807/1299826912745
For information, contact:
Regional Aquaculture Coordinator
Fisheries Management Branch