News Release Article from  Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Use Caution When Harvesting Shellfish This Holiday Weekend

March 23, 2016 - Québec, Quebec

Easter is often a time when people living in coastal communities on the North Shore and the Gaspé Peninsula get together for a hearty dinner including bivalve shellfish. This is a tradition that has gone on for generations. The Government of Canada is launching its annual awareness campaign in Quebec to raise public awareness of the risks of eating shellfish harvested from closed areas.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada is reminding the public that harvesting bivalve shellfish from closed areas is prohibited. Additionally, shellfish harvesting is prohibited within 125 metres of a wharf, due to the risk of contamination.

Consuming shellfish that is unsafe can lead to serious health problems, including death. For more information regarding potential health risks, you are encouraged to visit our website.

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

For the latest information concerning shellfish harvesting, please dial one of the following phone numbers:

CHARLEVOIX, NORTH SHORE AND ANTICOSTI ISLAND

From Québec to Baie-Trinité: 1-800- 463-8558
From Baie-Trinité to Natashquan: 1-800- 463-1736
From Kegaska to Blanc-Sablon: 1-800-463-8558

LOWER ST-LAWRENCE AND GASPE PENINSULA

From Saint-Roch-des-Aulnaies to Cap Gaspé: 1-800- 463-0607
From Cap Gaspé to the Matapédia River: 1-800- 463-4204

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Contacts:

Communications Branch
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Quebec Region
medias.qc@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
418-648-5474

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