Use Caution When Harvesting Shellfish This Holiday Weekend

News Release

QUÉBEC – 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 shellfish. This is a tradition that has gone on for generations. The Government of Canada wants to remind Quebec residents to avoid eating shellfish harvested from closed areas.

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:

-30-



CHARLEVOIX, NORTH SHORE AND ANTICOSTI ISLAND

LOWER ST-LAWRENCE AND GASPE PENINSULA

From Québec to Baie-Trinité

1-800- 463-8558

From Saint-Roch-des-Aulnaies to Cap Gaspé

1-800- 463-0607

From Baie-Trinité to Natashquan

1-800- 463-1736

From Cap Gaspé to the Matapédia River

1-800- 463-4204

From Kegaska to Blanc-Sablon

1-800-463-8558

 

 

Contacts

Communications Branch

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

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