Language selection


Infographic: Canada’s fishing measures by year introduced

Release date: February 2021
Infographic: Canada’s fishing measures by year introduced
Description: Canada’s fishing measures by year introduced


  • Introduced static and dynamic fishery area closures
  • Introduced case-by-case measures to address sightings of three or more whales or a mother and calf anywhere in Atlantic Canada and Quebec
  • Introduced new mandatory requirements for harvesters to report lost gear and all marine mammal interactions
  • Introduced new measures to reduce rope and to better track buoys
  • Introduced new gear marking requirements for harvesters in Crab Fishing Area 12
  • Changed the Marine Mammal Regulations to ensure vessels stay at least 100 m from whales
  • Invested in new whale detection technologies and new acoustic technologies, through the Oceans Protection Plan
  • Supported industry-led pilot projects on new gear modifications to prevent entanglements
  • Invested $1 million per year (permanent) to support marine mammal response activities
  • Logged 2500 flight hours


  • Amended the static fishery closure area to cover an area where 90% of right whales were spotted in 2017
  • Expanded the dynamic fishery closure area to cover the entire Gulf of St. Laurence
  • Introduced new temporary fishery closure restrictions in shallow waters (less than 20 fathoms)
  • Organized a gear retrieval operation in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, which removed over 100 traps and almost 10km (six miles) of rope
  • Invested an additional $1.2 million over four years to support Marine Mammal Response activities
  • Increased surveillance via aircraft, drones, and underwater gliders and acoustic devices.
  • Logged 3,000 flight hours


  • Introduced a new season-long closure area protocol
  • Expanded the dynamic fishery closure area into the Bay of Fundy
  • Introduced mandatory gear markings for all fix gear fisheries in Eastern Canada
  • Authorizing ropeless gear trials in closed areas
  • Created a $8.3 million Ghost Gear Fund, to assist in the retrieval and recycling of harmful ghost gear from the oceans. This program helped facilitate the removal of 63 tonnes of ghost gear in Atlantic Canada.
  • Logged over 2,500 flight hours

2021 and beyond

  • Modified closure protocols for greater certainty on the continued presence of whales in closed areas
  • Established a new technical working group for harvesters, right whale experts, and departmental officials
  • Will work with harvesters, fishery by fishery, throughout 2021 and 2022 to:
    • Implement weak rope or weak breaking points by the end of 2022.
    • Implement requirements for maximum rope diameters, sinking rope between pots and traps, and reductions in vertical and floating rope after 2022.
Report a problem or mistake on this page
Please select all that apply:
Date modified: