Prior to harvesting shellfish (like clams, oysters, scallops, mussels, and cockles), check that fishing areas are open and shellfish are safe to eat!
Pink and spiny scallop shells
Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) must sometimes close certain areas to shellfish harvesting. This can be for conservation or public health reasons, especially during the hot summer months. Generally, signs are posted at closed locations, and public notices are placed in newspapers and on radio, as well as on this website.
Closures in your region
For the latest updates about closures in your area, choose a region from the list below:
Pacific (British Columbia)
Gulf (all waters adjacent to New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia in the Southern Gulf of St-Lawrence)
Maritimes (all waters adjacent to Nova Scotia on the Atlantic coast and Bay of Fundy (including New Brunswick))
Newfoundland and Labrador
Did you know? The harvesting of shellfish less than 125 metres from a wharf is banned at all times because of the risk of contamination.
Harvest shellfish safely – Find out what you need to know to safely harvest and eat shellfish.
The dangers of illegal shellfish harvesting – Learn the health and legal risks of harvesting shellfish in closed areas.
Shellfish poisoning – Find out about serious foodborne illnesses you can get from eating contaminated shellfish.
Shellfish food safety tips – Learn how to prepare shellfish safely and avoid foodborne illnesses.
The Canadian Shellfish Sanitation Program – Find out what the Government of Canada is doing to protect Canadians from the health risks of eating contaminated shellfish.
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