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Public Notice - Molluscan Shellfish Harvesting Closure - Significant Rainfall - South Coast - Bay D'Espoir - pn.23.015

October 23, 2023









Oct. 23, 2023


Molluscan Shellfish Harvesting Closure – Significant Rainfall – South Coast – Bay D’Espoir


Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) advises the public of the closure for the harvesting of all bivalve shellfish including Arctic wedge clams, 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 1600 hours on October 23, 2023:


From Grey River Point (at Lat 47.57204 Long -57.11771), Southeast to a point at Lat 47.17014 Long -55.7676, and then Northeast to a point at Friar Head (at Lat 47.58513 Long -55.07872).


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 give notice that Prohibition Order NSN-2023-005 comes into effect at 1600 hours on October 23, 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:

Stephen Moyse

Regional Aquaculture Management Officer

Aquaculture Management

Tel. (709)687-6669