PRINCE RUPERT, B.C. -- Fisheries and Oceans Canada is warning the public not to consume clams, cockles and other bivalve shellfish from Prince Rupert and the North Coast unless they has been inspected and sold through a licensed facility.

A health and safety alert says shellfish bivalves from areas closed to commercial harvesting are currently being sold by unlicensed sellers through social media.

It says consuming these products from unlicensed sellers can put people at risk of contracting paralytic shellfish poisoning or botulism, which can lead to serious disease, injury or even death.

Anyone who feels ill after eative bivalve shellfish is advised to seek medical attention immediately.

DFO also notes that breaking fishery regulations can result in fines of up to $100,000 or jail time for repeat offenders.