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North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure – GU40, GU41, GV40, GV41, GW40, GW41

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) – May 21, 2020 – The Gulf and Quebec Regions are providing notice of new grid closures due to the confirmed presence of North Atlantic Right Whale (NARW). The information presented herein is consistent with the 2020 NARW management measures previously announced by DFO.

All times listed in this document are in Atlantic Daylight Time (ADT). This document also includes all NARW related grid closures currently in effect in Canadian waters.

Upcoming closures in the Gulf of St Lawrence

The following grids will be closing on May 25, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.:

DFO is providing a 96 hour delay for these grid closures due to the weather forecast. All gear affected by this notice must be removed from the closed area before the time of closure.

General

Please refer to the corresponding Annexes for a summary of current grid closures in the following locations:

DFO asks licence holders to be vigilant during fishing activities concerning the presence of North Atlantic Right Whales. Furthermore, please be reminded that it is the responsibility of the licence holder to take into account the marine safety notices issued, amongst others, by Environment and Climate Change Canada and Transport Canada, as well as the standards and best practices in marine safety, and to take all measures to ensure safe fishing operations.

Any reference to the term "Notice" in this document means this "Notice to Fish Harvesters". The Notice to Fish Harvesters, including its annexes, is provided for information purposes only.  In case of discrepancy between the information in the Notice to Fish Harvester and a Variation Order, the latter will prevail.

Coordinates

The coordinates representing the contour of the grid closure in the waters directly south of Anticosti Island in the Gulf of St Lawrence are listed below
Points Position*
North Latitude (N) West Longitude (W)
1 49 20 00.00 -63 40 00.00
2 49 20 00.00 -63 28 00.00
3 49 14 08.37 -63 10 00.00
4 48 50 00.00 -63 10 00.00
5 48 50 00.00 -63 40 00.00
6 49 20 00.00 -63 40 00.00
The coordinates representing the contour of the largest grid closure in the waters of the Gulf of St Lawrence are listed below
Points Position*
North Latitude (N) West Longitude (W)
1 48 40 00.00 -63 30 00.00
2 48 40 00.00 -62 40 00.00
3 48 30 00.00 -62 40 00.00
4 48 30 00.00 -62 20 00.00
5 48 20 00.00 -62 20 00.00
6 48 20 00.00 -62 10 00.00
7 47 50 00.00 -62 10 00.00
8 47 50 00.00 -63 10 00.00
9 48 10 00.00 -63 10 00.00
10 48 10 00.00 -63 30 00.00
11 48 40 00.00 -63 30 00.00
The coordinates representing the contour of the grid closure in the waters northeast of Magdalen Islands in the Gulf of St Lawrence are listed below
Points Position*
North Latitude (N) West Longitude (W)
1 48 30 00.00 -61 30 00.00
2 48 30 00.00 -61 00 00.00
3 48 00 00.00 -61 00 00.00
4 48 00 00.00 -61 30 00.00
5 48 30 00.00 -61 30 00.00

*Area enclosed by rhumb lines (similar to straight lines plotted on a nautical chart) joining the points listed above in the order they are listed. Point references are based on the geodesic system North American Datum 1983 (NAD83). Positions are expressed in degrees, minutes and seconds.

map
Map identifying all grid closures in Atlantic Canada due to the detection of NARW

For more information:

Regular updates and maps indicating detections will be posted here:
http://dfo-mpo.gc.ca/species-especes/mammals-mammiferes/narightwhale-baleinenoirean/alert-alerte/index-eng.html

Annex 1 – Gulf of St Lawrence – Grid closure summary

The closures are in effect for the following fisheries when the fishing seasons are open in the Gulf and Quebec Regions:  snow crab, toad crab, rock crab, lobster, whelk, Greenland halibut (fixed gear) and winter flounder (fixed gear). Closures will also be in effect for Atlantic halibut (fixed gear), mackerel (gillnet) and herring (gillnet) when gear is left unattended.

The closures are in effect for the following fisheries when the fishing seasons are open in the Newfoundland & Labrador:  snow crab, toad crab, rock crab, lobster, whelk, Greenland halibut (fixed gear), herring (traps) and winter flounder (fixed gear). Closures will also be in effect for Atlantic halibut (fixed gear), mackerel (gillnet), herring (tuck seine) and herring (gillnet) when gear is left unattended.

The following grids will be closing on :

  • May 25, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
    • Full grids GU40, GU41, GV40, GV41, GW40, GW41

The following grids remain temporary closed until further notice in the Gulf of St Lawrence:

  • Full grids GQ39, GR39, GR40, GR41, GS39, GS40, GS41, GU42, GU43, GU44, GV42, GV43, GV45, GV46, GV52, GV53, GV54, GW47, GW52, GW53, GW54, GX42, GX43, GX44, GX47, GX52, GX53, GX54, GY42, GY43, GY44, GY45, GY46, GY47
  • Portion of grids GQ40*, GQ41*

*from 20 fathom shallow water protocol line to deeper waters only

The following grid(s) are seasonally closed until November 15, 2020, in the Gulf of St Lawrence:

  • Full grids GV44, GW42, GW43, GW44, GW45, GW46, GX45, GX46

Annex 2 – Bay of Fundy – Grid closure summary

There are no other grid closures related to NARW in the Bay of Fundy.

Annex 3 – Roseway Basin Critical Habitat Area – Grid closure summary

There are no other grid closures related to NARW in the Roseway Basin Critical Habitat Area.

Annex 4 – Outside of the dynamic and critical habitat areas – Grid closure summary

There are no other grid closures related to NARW in the waters outside of the dynamic and critical habitat areas.

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