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Public Notice - Molluscan Shellfish Harvesting Closure - Significant Rainfall - South Coast of Newfoundland - pn.23.018

December 22, 2023




Dec. 22, 2023

Molluscan Shellfish Harvesting Closure – Significant Rainfall – South Coast of Newfoundland

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 1400 hours on December 22, 2023:

From Cape Anguille (at Lat 47.89794, Long -59.41205), south to a point at (Lat 47.54734, Long -59.32553), then southeast to a point at (Lat 47.19858, Long -55.74399), then northeast to Friar Head (at Lat 47.39920, Long -55.60833).

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-2023-006 comes into effect at 1400 hours on December 22, 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