Clam har­vest­ing meet­ings planned

Tri-County Vanguard - - NEWS - KATHY JOHNSON THE­COAST­GUARD.CA

The fed­eral Depart­ment of Fish­eries and Oceans is hold­ing three meet­ings in Shel­burne on Dec. 10 and 11 to dis­cuss clam har­vest­ing in Shel­burne County with var­i­ous in­ter­est groups and a pro­posed pi­lot project that could see some area beaches that have been closed since 2014 re-opened for clam dig­ging.

DFO of­fi­cer Dan Fleck, who works on re­source man­age­ment for the Cana­dian Shell­fish San­i­ta­tion Pro­gram (CSSP), said the pi­lot pro­gram for Shel­burne County is one of three be­ing pro­posed across the coun­try by CCSP part­ners En­vi­ron­ment and Cli­mate Con­trol Canada, the Cana­dian Food In­spec­tion Agency (CFIA) and DFO.

“Each of the three part­ners have a role to play in the de­liv­ery of the CCSP,” said Fleck. “En­vi­ron­ment Canada they clas­sify the wa­ters, the CFIA they de­ter­mine if the prod­uct is safe for hu­man con­sump­tion and DFO, we open and close ar­eas based on rec­om­men­da­tions from En­vi­ron­ment Canada.”

The meet­ings are for any­one with an in­ter­est in the clam flats, said Fleck, and are an op­por­tu­nity for the pub­lic to ex­press an in­ter­est in ex­plor­ing the pi­lot project and hav­ing an al­ter­na­tive ser­vice de­liv­ery in the area. The end goal is to de­ter­mine if there’s in­ter­est in hav­ing par­tic­i­pa­tion in the pro­gram and hav­ing the beaches re­opened for clam har­vest­ing.

The Dec. 10 meet­ing for the In­dige­nous com­mu­nity is at 2 p.m. On Dec. 11 com­mer­cial clam har­vesters and aqua­cul­ture peo­ple, or peo­ple in­ter­ested in be­com­ing in­volved in the com­mer­cial side of clam har­vest­ing are in­vited to meet at 8:30 a.m. At 1 p.m. a meet­ing is sched­uled for those who har­vest recre­ation­ally or are in­ter­ested in hav­ing the beaches open to im­prove the tourism in­dus­try.

All meet­ings are be­ing held at the Shel­burne Com­mu­nity Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Cen­ter at En­ter­prise Square on Wa­ter Street.

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