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Canada - Project opens new shellfish harvesting in Charlottetown harbour

A previously prohibited area for harvesting shellfish in the Charlottetown harbour will open to commercial shellfish harvesters as their respective seasons begin after the decommissioning of the East Royalty lagoon.

The area downstream of the former lagoon will be available during the spring relay fishery.

Charlottetown council voted in favour of the change to the conditional management plan for the shellfish industry at a May council meeting. The management plan is an agreement between the city, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada and the P.E.I. Department of Environment, Water and Climate Change.

The conditional management plan is a multi-party agreement that governs shellfish harvesting in the harbour to ensure the safety and marketability of the shellfish products from the waters around Charlottetown.

The Charlottetown water and sewer utility operated the East Royalty Sewage Collection and Treatment System (lagoon) since the amalgamation of East Royalty in 1995. The system, which was located between Bonnie Blink Drive and Robertson Road, was constructed in 1987 and serviced more than 1,600 people. It discharged to Wrights Creek.

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