Generally not a good idea to fish along Sooke River right now. SPN received the following notice from Fisheries and Oceans Canada, along with a reader email asking, “What is going on at Epcor Pump station on Belvista? Heard there is a waterfall with excavators digging a trench. Raw sewage may be going into harbour?” It would appear so. (Belvista is on the harbour side of Phillips Road.)
SPN has an email out to Epcor. As soon as we hear, so too will you. -Britt, SPN
Fishery Notice – Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Subject: FN0146- Sanitary – Emergency Sanitary Closure in a portion of Sanitary Closure 20.1
A discharge of raw sewage into the Sooke River Estuary on March 4, 2016 has resulted in an emergency closure placing a portion of Sanitary Closure 20.1 into closed status.
The area is described as:
The waters and intertidal foreshore of the Sooke River estuary, lying inside a line drawn from Billings Point at 48° 22.67’ north latitude and 123° 41.49’ west longitude, thence southwesterly to Trollope Point at 48° 22.51’ north latitude and 123° 42.00’ west longitude, thence northwesterly to a point on land near the foot of Charters Road at 48° 22.79’ north latitude and 123° 42.64’ west longitude (NAD 83).
Licensed depuration is now suspended.
Note that this notice does not describe other sanitary closures which may be in effect, or biotoxin closures. Detailed bivalve shellfish closure information and maps are available at our website: http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/contamination/biotox/index-eng.html and at local DFO offices.
For more information contact a local DFO office or Elysha Gordon at 250-756-7192.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada Operations Center – FN0146
Sent March 4, 2016 at 16:22
Visit us on the Web at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca
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- Epcor in Sooke