Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Quebec Region

Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Quebec Region

April 04, 2007 09:32 ET

Fisheries and Oceans Canada: 2007 Awareness Campaign on Shellfish Harvesting

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - April 4, 2007) - Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Quebec Region is launching its 2006 awareness campaign on shellfish harvesting to make the public aware of the health hazards associated with the consumption of shellfish taken from closed areas.

The Department wishes to advise the public that shellfish harvesting is prohibited in closed areas pursuant to orders made under the Management of Contaminated Fisheries Regulations. In addition, shellfish harvesting is prohibited within 200 metres of a wharf, due to risk of contamination. Eating contaminated shellfish is dangerous and may lead to paralysis and even death.

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

The Department is also asking the public to report poaching incidents by calling 1-800-463-9057. All calls are confidential.

For more information, you can consult the Canadian Shellfish Sanitation Program's Web site at This Web site provides information on the status of shellfish beds (open and closed areas) and contains an interactive map. The Canadian Shellfish Sanitation Program is managed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Environment Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Canada. You can also get the latest information on shellfish harvesting by calling one of the following numbers:


From Ile-aux-Coudres to Baie-Trinite: (800) 463-8558
From Baie-Trinite to Blanc-Sablon: (800) 463-1736
MAGDALEN ISLANDS: (418) 986-3882


From Saint-Roch-des-Aulnaies to Cap Gaspe: (800) 463-0607
From Cap Gaspe to the Matapedia River: (800) 463-4204

Contact Information

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    Quebec City, Quebec
    Michel Plamondon
    Communications Advisor