Shellfish harvesting closed in areas of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island

13 Sep 2012

The harvesting of bivalve molluscs including oysters, clams, mussels, Bay scallops and quahogs is prohibited until further notice in areas of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

This closure is due to extremely heavy rainfall on 10 September which is likely to contaminate shellfish, and increase levels of Bacterial Shellfish Poisoning. The closure was issued by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) on a recommendation from Environment Canada.

Closed areas
Nova Scotia - The foreshore and marine waters of Guysborough, Richmond, Bras D’Or Lakes, the Atlantic coastline of Cape Breton Regional Municipality, Victoria County, Halifax County from Hartlen Point to Guysborough County, Yarmouth County, the Northumberland Strait and Gulf of St. Lawrence shorelines of Cumberland, Colchester, Pictou, Antigonish and Inverness Counties..

Prince Edward Island - Area closed: From Hillsborough Bay east along the shoreline of Queen's County, the entire shoreline of King's County and along the north side to near Dalvay.

Testing by Environment Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is underway and the results will help to determine the next steps forward towards progressive re-openings.

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