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North Atlantic Right Whale – Notice of Grid Closure ID27, ID28, IE27, IE28

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) – November 17, 2020 – The Maritimes Region is providing notice of new temporary 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 Standard Time (AST) unless otherwise noted. This document also includes all NARW related grid closures currently in effect in Canadian waters.

New closures in the Roseway Basin Critical Habitat Area

The following grids will be closing on November 20, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.:

DFO is providing a 72 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 closures in the waters of the Roseway Basin Critical Habitat Area are listed below.
Points Position*
North Latitude (N) West Longitude (W)
1 42 57 09.37 -65 50 00.00
2 43 10 00.00 -65 12 32.59
3 43 10 00.00 -64 55 49.81
4 42 47 00.00 -64 59 00.00
5 42 39 00.00 -65 31 00.00
6 42 42 26.74 -65 40 00.00
7 42 50 00.00 -65 40 00.00
8 42 50 00.00 -65 50 00.00
9 42 57 09.37 -65 50 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

Please visit the Interactive map on the latest right whale observations for regular updates.

Annex 1 – Gulf of St Lawrence – Grid closure summary

There are no grid closures related to NARW in the Gulf of St Lawrence.

Annex 2 – Bay of Fundy – Grid closure summary

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

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

The closures are in effect for the following fisheries when the fishing seasons are open in the Maritimes Region: crab, herring (gillnet), lobster, herring/mackerel (bait), groundfish vessel classes B1-B220 and groundfish vessel classes C-Z when using fixed gear.

The following grids will be closing on

November 20, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.:

  • Portion of grids ID27*, ID28*, IE27*, IE28*
    *within the Roseway Basin Critical Habitat Area only

November 19, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.:

  • Full grid IC27, IC28
  • Portion of grids IB26*, IB27*, IB28*, IC26*
    *within the Roseway Basin Critical Habitat Area only

The following grids remain temporary closed until further notice in the Roseway Basin Critical Habitat Area:

  • Full grid IB30,IC29, IC30
  • Portion of grids IB29*, IB31*, IC31*, ID29*, ID30*, ID31*
    *within the Roseway Basin Critical Habitat Area only

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

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

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