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New online map makes shellfish harvesting safer

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By Milthon Lujan

Ottawa, Canada.– The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced today the launch of a new online shellfish harvesting map detailing open and closed bivalve shellfish harvesting areas in real time. This map will help Canadians make informed decisions and avoid the consumption of contaminated shellfish.

The Canadian Shellfish Sanitation Program (CSSP) routinely monitors the levels of marine biotoxins, bacteria and other harmful contaminants and closes bivalve shellfish harvesting areas when levels of these substances pose a health risk. This new map will allow Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) to present information online on closures in a matter of minutes. Consuming shellfish, such as oysters, clams, scallops, mussels and cockles, harvested from closed or unmonitored areas can lead to serious and potentially fatal illness.

The online harvesting map enables any shellfish harvester to view a desired area to see if it is open or closed. Users are able to clearly see harvest area boundaries. The map also allows harvesters to subscribe to automatic email notifications for openings and closures in areas of interest.

The map also serves as an extension of the DFO Fisheries Notices. Updates on the opening and closing of harvesting areas will also continue to be communicated as appropriate to the public through local media, notices posted in closed areas, and information provided by local DFO offices.

This harvesting map will further support Canada’s excellent reputation for safe and high-quality bivalve shellfish.

“The Shellfish Harvesting Map is an online tool to help Canadians make informed decisions on where to harvest bivalve shellfish. Real-time maps like this ensure people consume safe shellfish from open harvest areas. Canada has an excellent reputation for safe and high-quality shellfish and this new harvesting map will ensure it continues.” says The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard.

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Online shellfish harvesting map: http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/shellfish-mollusques/cssp-map-eng.htm 

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