RDN Map Map of the area where DFO has imposed closure of harvesting of shellfish due to threat of contamination.

Shellfish closure ordered after Qualicum Beach sewage leak

French Creek Pollution Control Centre mishap triggers three-week shutdown

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans imposed temporary shellfish closure in Parksville, Qualicum Beach and French Creek due to sewage that flowed from a manhole onto the beach in front of Judges Row in Qualicum Beach on Aug. 2.

DFO’s Canadian Shellfish Sanitation Program coordinator Elysha Gordon said the untreated waste water came from the French Creek Pollution Control Centre.

“It wasn’t a lot but it was onto the beach,” said Gordon. “Whenever we have a sewage release we have this pre-determined closure that goes in place. It’s all those sub-areas that are unfortunately impacted.”

Residents in Parksville Qualicum Beach and in French Creek are advised not to harvest any shellfish that include mussels, oysters, Little clam, and Manila clam as well as scallops. Eating contaminated shellfish can make you ill. It is also illegal and usafe to harvest when an area is officially closed.

“Most the often the closure is for 21 days max or seven days if there are samples taken,” said Gordon. “I don’t think there will be samples taken. So we’re just going to ride out its course. So it will be 21 days after the sewage was stopped.”

Gordon said no punitive action will be taken against the French Creek Pollution Control Centre.

“They were doing routine work on their pump station when something happened with one of their manholes where sewage came out onto the beach,” said Gordon. “It’s one of the best sewage plants that we deal with. I am just not sure what happened.”

The Regional District of Nanaimo is currently investigating the cause of the leak. When discovered, the event was reported to Emergency Management BC, and contact was made with the Ministry of Environment. Notices were also delivered to nearby residents and placed at the public beach accesses nearby.

For details on all current shellfish closures in B.C. please visit: http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/contamination/index-eng.html

Michael.Briones@pqbnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter 

Just Posted

VAUGHAN: Elections Canada grossly limiting free speech by limiting climate charities

Climate issues and confirmed science must have a seat at the table regardless of personal views

UPDATE: Father on trial for murder describes being ‘tackled’ and ‘stabbed’ in Oak Bay apartment

Oak Bay father takes stand in his defense for December 2017 deaths of young daughters

Police rule out foul play in death of man found in Saanich

The B.C. Coroners Service will now conduct an investigation

Striking Western Forest Products workers could lose benefits in September

Union, forest company at odds over Vancouver Island benefit payments as strike enters third month

B.C. sockeye returns drop as official calls 2019 ‘extremely challenging’

Federal government says officials are seeing the same thing off Alaska and Washington state

New police force in Surrey must avoid VPD, RCMP errors made in Pickton case: Oppal

Boots are scheduled to be on the ground by spring 2021

$5-million lotto ticket sold in Nanaimo

Someone matched all six numbers in Wednesday’s 6/49 draw

‘Plenty of time for a deal’: Teachers’ union expects kids back in school on Sept. 3

BCTF says class size, composition at the heart of the issue

Conan turns to the Property Brothers for tips on buying Greenland

Jonathan Scott suggests removing glaciers and mountains to bring in ‘more natural light’

Forests minister visits B.C. town rocked by multiple mill shutdowns

A third of Mackenzie turns out for rally, not much to cheer about

B.C. music teacher accused of sexual misconduct involving girls

Police believe other victims could be out there after the arrest of Lamar Victor Alviar

B.C. family stranded in Croatia desperate to come home

Funds being raised to bring back mom and two children

Most Read