Fisheries and Oceans Canada has issues a red tide closure with several areas closed to the harvest of bivalve mollusks (including all all clams, oysters, mussels, geoducks, scallops and cockles) due to unacceptable levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning or red tide.
Red tide can harmfully effect anyone consuming shellfish. Cooking does not destroy the paralytic shellfish toxin.
The closed areas are subarea 16-1 to 16-4, 16-10, 16-11,16-14 to 16-21, and areas 28 and 29.
Harvesters are strongly urged to contact their local Fisheries and Oceans Canada office for updates and additional information prior to any harvesting.
In Madeira Park call 604-883-3050. Information can also be obtained on-line at www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/index-eng.htm.
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