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Check for closures before harvesting shellfish

by Fisheries and Oceans Canada on 28 Sep 2013
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Prior to harvesting shellfish (like clams, oysters, scallops, mussels, and cockles), check that fishing areas are open and shellfish are safe to eat!

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 Pacific (British Quebec" target="_blank">Gulf (all waters adjacent to New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia in the Southern Gulf of Maritimes (all waters adjacent to Nova Scotia on the Atlantic coast and Bay of Fundy (including New Brunswick)) [Sorry, this link had a problem]foundland_and_Labrador [Sorry, this link had a problem]

Safety information

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 [Sorry, this link had a problem] – Find out what you need to know to safely harvest and eat shellfish.!The_dangers_of_illegal_shellfish_harvesting [Sorry, this link had a problem] – Learn the health and legal risks of harvesting shellfish in closed areas.!Shellfish_poisoning [Sorry, this link had a problem] – Find out about serious foodborne illnesses you can get from eating contaminated shellfish.!Shellfish_food_safety_tips [Sorry, this link had a problem] – Learn how to prepare shellfish safely and avoid foodborne illnesses.!The_Canadian_Shellfish_Sanitation_Program [Sorry, this link had a problem] – Find out what the Government of Canada is doing to protect Canadians from the health risks of eating contaminated shellfish.!Fisheries_and_Oceans_Canada [Sorry, this link had a problem]
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