It can be a fun outing to go out to the beach and harvest shellfish. Before you do, make sure that you take these steps.
Buy a Tidal Waters Licence from Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard. They can be purchased online.
Confirm that the area is open for harvest. Contact your local office of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard via their 24-hour information telephone line at 1-866-431-3474 or consult their Pacific Region website at www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca.
Harvest can be closed for sanitary closures and/or biotoxin closures. It is very important that you check before you harvest and that you harvest only from approved, open areas.
Harvest shellfish when the shellfish are still under water on a receding/outgoing tide.
Stay at least 125 metres away from float homes to ensure there is not sewage contamination of the shellfish.
Refrigerate the shellfish immediately after harvesting. Use an ice pack and cooler to keep shellfish cold (less than 4°C) until they can be refrigerated.