FISHERIES AND OCEANS CANADA
Nov. 25, 2021
Molluscan Shellfish Harvesting Emergency Closures due to Significant Rainfall – Southwest Coast of Newfoundland and South Coast Labrador
Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) advises the public of the closure for the harvesting of all bivalve shellfish including Arctic wedge clams, Softshell clam, Stimpson’s surf clams, American oysters, Iceland scallops, Purple-hinge rock scallop (excluding sea scallop) for recreational or commercial purposes in the following areas effective 1800 hours on November 25, 2021:
Southwest Coast of Newfoundland from Eastern Rock near Burgeo at coordinate 47.630144 ; -57.487955 west to Port aux Basques area and then north up to Robinson’s Head at coordinate 48.261084, -58.809464
the south coast of Labrador from the Quebec /Labrador border at coordinate 51.415166;-57.108536 northeast to York Point at coordinate 51.963961; -55.888358.
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 Orders NSN-2021-008 and NSN-2021-009 comes into effect at 1800 hours on November 25, 2021.
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: https://www.inspection.gc.ca/preventive-controls/fish/cssp/eng/1563470078092/1563470123546
For information, contact:
Ecosystems Management Branch