Notice to Recreational Fishermen

Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Gulf Region

Conservation Measures for clams in eastern New Brunswick, Gulf Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island

Moncton, NB – April 7, 2016 - Fisheries and Oceans Canada wishes to inform the public of changes in the management of clams for the Gulf Region starting in 2016.

The new conservation measures in the clams recreational fishery are the following:

Eastern New Brunswick

  • No more than 100 clams can be caught and retained, in any day, of all species combined from any or all of the following species: bar clam, bay quahaug, soft-shell clam and razor clam.

Prince Edward Island

  • No more than 100 clams can be caught and retained, in any day, of all species combined from any or all of the following species: bar clam, bay quahaug, soft-shell clam and razor clam.

Here are the management measures that apply to the recreational clam fishery in the inland and tidal waters of the Maritime Provinces that border the gulf of St. Lawrence and the Northumberland Strait:

Eastern New Brunswick

Seasons

Inland and tidal waters of New Brunswick that border on the Gulf of St. Lawrence and Northumberland Strait, including that portion of Bay des Chaleurs inside a line drawn 500 meters around l’Île aux Hérons, will be open to recreational fishing for clams with hand and hand-held tools when not diving, for the following clam species on the following dates:

  • Bar clams: from April 1st to June 30th and from September 1st to December 31st
  • Bay quahaugs, soft-shell clams and razor clams: from April 1st December 31st

Inland and tidal waters between Johnston Point and the Nova Scotia/New Brunswick border at Baie Verte, Westmorland County, will be open to recreational fishing for clams with hand and hand-held tools when not diving for the following clam species on the following dates:

  • Bar clams, bay quahaugs, soft-shell clams and razor clams: from April 1st May 31th and from October 2nd to December 31st

Minimum Lengths

  • Bar clams: 102 mm
  • Bay quahaugs: 50 mm
  • Soft-shell clams: 50 mm
  • Razor clams: no minimum length

Daily fishing limit

  • 100 clams (in the aggregate from any or all of the following species: bar clam, bay quahaug, soft-shell clam and razor clam)

Gulf Nova Scotia

Seasons

Inland and tidal waters of that portion of Nova Scotia that borders on the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Northumberland Strait:

  • Bar clams, bay quahaugs, soft-shell clams and razor clams: from April 1st December 31st

Minimum Lengths

  • Bar clams: 102 mm
  • Bay quahaugs: 50 mm
  • Soft-shell clams: 50 mm
  • Razor clams: no minimum length

Daily fishing limit

  • 100 clams (in the aggregate from any or all of the following species: bar clam, bay quahaug, soft-shell clam and razor clam)

Prince Edward Island

Seasons

Inland and tidal waters of Prince Edward Island:

  • Bar clams and razor clams: from April 1st December 31st
  • Bay quahaugs: from July 18th to November 30th from sunrise to sunset (Closed on every Sunday) Closed year-round in East Hillsborough River.
  • Soft-shell clams: from May 1st to October 31st from sunrise to sunset

Minimum Lengths

  • Bar clams: 102 mm
  • Bay quahaugs: 50 mm
  • Soft-shell clams: 50 mm
  • Razor clams: no minimum length

Daily fishing limit

  • 100 clams (in the aggregate from any or all of the following species: bar clam, bay quahaug, soft-shell clam and razor clam)

Please note that recreational fishing for any of the clam species by any other method, including by diving, is closed for the entire season.

Fishing areas may be closed at any time to the harvest of clams due to bacterial and biotoxin levels. Please call the nearest Conservation and Protection Detachment or check the Gulf Regions Orders Registry for up-to-date openings and closures before harvesting clams.

To report any suspicious fishing activity, please contact the nearest Fisheries and Oceans Canada office or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

For more information on this fishery, please contact:

Eastern New Brunswick – 1-506-395-7705

Gulf Nova Scotia – 1-902-735-7105

Prince Edward Island – 1-902-566-7844