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Public Notice - Molluscan Shellfish Harvesting Closure - Significant Rainfall - Great Northern Peninsula East - pn.23.008

June 12, 2023









Jun. 9, 2023


Molluscan Shellfish Harvesting Closure – Significant Rainfall – Great Northern Peninsula East


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 1700 hours on June 9, 2023:


From North Lobster Point (at Lat 51.30330 Long -55.59333), southeast to a point at Lat 50.73710 Long -55.33576 and then southwest to Northeast Head Great Harbour Deep (at Lat 50.37130 Long -56.42478).


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:


The Regional Director General, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador Region gives notice that Prohibition Order NSN-2023-002 comes into effect at 1700 hours on June 9, 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:








For information, contact:

Ellen Careen

Senior Regional Aquaculture Management Officer Tel. (709) 685-5629