Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Quebec Region

Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Quebec Region

March 31, 2010 09:00 ET

Use Caution When Eating Shellfish This Holiday Weekend

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - March 31, 2010) - Easter is often a time when people in the coastal communities of the North Shore and the Gaspé get together over a hearty shellfish dinner. This is a tradition that has gone on for generations. However, people must be careful that the shellfish they are eating is safe for consumption. Eating shellfish that is unsafe can lead to serious health problems, including death.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada is launching its 2010 awareness campaign in Quebec to raise public awareness of the health hazards of eating shellfish taken from closed areas.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans is advising the public that shellfish harvesting is prohibited in closed areas. In addition, shellfish harvesting is prohibited within 125 metres of a wharf, due to the risk of contamination.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada, whose mandate is to protect and conserve fishery resources, is ever vigilant in its efforts to prevent shellfish harvesting in closed areas in order to protect public health.

The Department is also asking the public to report shellfish harvesting in closed areas by calling 1-800-463-9057. All calls are confidential.

You can get the latest information on shellfish harvesting by calling one of the following numbers:

CHARLEVOIX, NORTH SHORE AND ANTICOSTI ISLAND  
From Ile-aux-Coudres to Baie-Trinité: 1-800-463-8558
From Baie-Trinité to Blanc-Sablon: 1-800-463-1736
   
MAGDALEN ISLANDS: 418-986-3882
   
LOWER ST. LAWRENCE AND GASPÉ  
From Saint-Roch-des-Aulnaies to Cap Gaspé: 1-800-463-0607
From Cap Gaspé to the Matapédia River: 1-800-463-4204

Contact Information

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    Quebec Region
    Quebec, Quebec
    Michel Plamondon
    Communications Advisor
    418-648-5419