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Public Notice - Molluscan Shellfish Harvesting Closure - Significant Rainfall - West Coast of Newfoundland - pn.24.005

March 30, 2024




Mar. 30, 2024

Molluscan Shellfish Harvesting Closure – Significant Rainfall – West 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 1600 hours on March 30, 2024:

From Ferolle Point (at Lat 51.01983, Long -57.10209), south to Cape Anguille (at Lat 47.89665, Long -59.41210).

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-2024-001 comes into effect at 1600 hours on March 30, 2024.

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