DARTMOUTH, N.S. - The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has ordered a stop to the harvesting of some types of shellfish in the Maritimes.
The ban, which includes clams, oysters, mussels and quahogs, extends to all of Nova Scotia and P.E.I., southwestern New Brunswick and much of the gulf shore of New Brunswick.
It was prompted by concerns over increased bacterial levels brought on by recent heavy rains.
Environment Canada is doing tests in some areas to determine levels of contamination.
It's not clear how long the ban, which does not include scallops, will be in effect.