Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Quebec Region

Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Quebec Region

March 19, 2008 09:00 ET

Fisheries and Oceans Canada: Use Caution When Eating Shellfish This Holiday Weekend

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - March 19, 2008) - Easter weekend begins tomorrow and many people will be getting together for family meals. Shellfish is a traditional food often served by many families at this time of year. In the interest of maintaining good health and ensuring enjoyment of the occasion, it's important that people be mindful and cautious when serving or eating shellfish.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada is launching its 2008 awareness campaign in Quebec to raise public awareness of the potential health hazards of eating shellfish taken from closed areas.

The Department is advising the public that shellfish harvesting is prohibited in closed areas. In addition, shellfish harvesting is prohibited within 200 metres of a wharf, due to the 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 in 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
    Michel Plamondon
    Communications Advisor