June 11, 2020


Molluscan Shellfish Harvesting Closure for Roberts Arm Area, Notre Dame Bay

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) advises the public of the closure for the harvesting of all bivalve shellfish (including Arctic wedge clams, Softshell clam, Stimpson's surf clams, American oysters, Iceland scallops, Purple-hinge rock scallop) for recreational or commercial purposes in the following areas effective 0600 hours June 12, 2020. This closure is a result of the town of Roberts Arm having to shut down and by-pass the wastewater treatment plant.

- Those waters adjacent to the community of Robert's Arm that are inside, or west, of a line drawn from 49.50631 degrees N, 55.78014 degrees W southeast to 49.48923 degrees N, 55.76915 degrees W (WGS84).

The Regional Director General, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador Region gives notice that Prohibition Order NSN2020-003 comes into effect on June 12, 2020.

It is illegal to fish for molluscs or possess molluscs from these closed areas. More detailed information on these closures can be obtained from the nearest DFO office.

For more information on the Canadian Shellfish Sanitation Program please consult the following website:



James Mallay
Ecosystems Management Branch
Tel.(709) 772-3265