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North Atlantic Right Whale – Notice of grid re-opening(s) HR20, HR21, HR22, HS20, HS21, HS22, HT20, HT21, HT22

September 16, 2021 – Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is providing notice of grid status updates related to North Atlantic Right Whale (NARW). The information presented herein is consistent with the 2021 NARW management measures previously announced by DFO.

All times listed in this document are in Atlantic Daylight Time (ADT).

New updates are in effect in the following waters (refer to the corresponding annex for details):

All NARW related grid closures currently in effect in Canadian waters are provided in the following corresponding annexes:

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

Table 1 - Coordinates representing the contour of the grid closure(s) in the waters west of Anticosti Island
Points Position*
North Latitude (N) West Longitude (W)
1 50° 15' 59.96" 65° 10' 00.00"
2 50° 15' 59.96" 65° 07' 00.00"
3 50° 13' 59.96" 64° 57' 00.00"
4 50° 14' 59.96" 64° 48' 00.00"
5 50° 15' 39.96" 64° 40' 00.00"
6 50° 00' 00.00" 64° 40' 00.00"
7 50° 00' 00.00" 64° 30' 00.00"
8 49° 55' 35.96" 64° 30' 00.00"
9 49° 51' 59.96" 64° 35' 00.00"
10 49° 47' 59.96" 64° 30' 00.00"
11 49° 30' 00.00" 64° 30' 00.00"
12 49° 30' 00.00" 65° 00' 00.00"
13 49° 50' 00.00" 65° 00' 00.00"
14 49° 50' 00.00" 65° 10' 00.00"
15 50° 15' 59.96" 65° 10' 00.00"
Table 2 - Coordinates representing the contour of the grid closure(s) in the waters southeast of Anticosti Island (GR46, GR47, GR48, GS46, GS47, GS48, GT46, GT47, GT48)
Points Position*
North Latitude (N) West Longitude (W)
1 49° 04' 40.61" 62° 30' 00.00"
2 49° 00' 59.96" 62° 11' 00.01"
3 49° 00' 28.53" 62° 00' 00.00"
4 48° 40' 00.00" 62° 00' 00.00"
5 48° 40' 00.00" 62° 30' 00.00"
6 49° 04' 40.61" 62° 30' 00.00"
Table 3 - Coordinates representing the contour of the largest grid closure(s) in the waters of the Gulf of St Lawrence
Points Position*
North Latitude (N) West Longitude (W)
1 49° 00' 00.00" 63° 00' 00.00"
2 49° 00' 00.00" 62° 40' 00.00"
3 48° 30' 00.00" 62° 40' 00.00"
4 48° 30' 00.00" 63° 00' 00.00"
5 48° 20' 00.00" 63° 00' 00.00"
6 48° 20' 00.00" 62° 40' 00.00"
7 47° 50' 00.00" 62° 40' 00.00"
8 47° 50' 00.00" 62° 50' 00.00"
9 47° 30' 00.00" 62° 50' 00.00"
10 47° 30' 00.00" 63° 00' 00.00"
11 47° 10' 00.00" 63° 00' 00.00"
12 47° 10' 00.00" 63° 30' 00.00"
13 47° 30' 00.00" 63° 30' 00.00"
14 47° 30' 00.00" 63° 40' 00.00"
15 47° 20' 00.00" 63° 40' 00.00"
16 47° 20' 00.00" 64° 00' 00.02"
17 47° 25' 59.96" 64° 03' 00.01"
18 47° 20' 00.00" 64° 09' 59.96"
19 47° 20' 00.00" 64° 20' 00.00"
20 47° 30' 00.00" 64° 20' 00.00"
21 47° 30' 00.00" 64° 28' 59.98"
22 47° 40' 00.00" 64° 22' 59.98"
23 47° 40' 00.00" 64° 20' 00.00"
24 47° 49' 59.97" 64° 20' 00.00"
25 47° 59' 59.96" 64° 10' 00.00"
26 48° 07' 59.96" 64° 10' 00.00"
27 48° 08' 59.96" 64° 20' 00.00"
28 48° 04' 59.96" 64° 32' 00.00"
29 48° 00' 00.00" 64° 42' 27.20"
30 48° 00' 00.00" 64° 50' 00.00"
31 48° 09' 19.96" 64° 50' 00.00"
32 48° 09' 59.96" 64° 46' 00.00"
33 48° 17' 59.96" 64° 40' 00.00"
34 48° 20' 59.96" 64° 32' 00.00"
35 48° 22' 59.96" 64° 24' 00.00"
36 48° 22' 59.96" 64° 15' 00.00"
37 48° 25' 59.96" 64° 17' 00.00"
38 48° 27' 59.96" 64° 15' 00.00"
39 48° 27' 59.96" 64° 09' 00.00"
40 48° 29' 59.96" 64° 06' 00.00"
41 48° 31' 42.82" 64° 10' 00.00"
42 48° 36' 19.96" 64° 10' 00.00"
43 48° 36' 59.96" 64° 06' 00.00"
44 48° 38' 59.96" 64° 07' 00.00"
45 48° 38' 59.96" 64° 10' 00.00"
46 48° 44' 11.96" 64° 10' 00.00"
47 48° 40' 59.96" 64° 06' 00.00"
48 48° 41' 59.96" 64° 03' 00.00"
49 48° 48' 59.96" 64° 10' 00.00"
50 48° 50' 00.00" 64° 10' 00.00"
51 48° 50' 00.00" 63° 50' 00.00"
52 48° 40' 00.00" 63° 50' 00.00"
53 48° 40' 00.00" 63° 30' 00.00"
54 48° 30' 00.00" 63° 30' 00.00"
55 48° 30' 00.00" 63° 20' 00.00"
56 48° 50' 00.00" 63° 20' 00.00"
57 48° 50' 00.00" 63° 00' 00.00"
58 49° 00' 00.00" 63° 00' 00.00"
Table 4 - Coordinates representing the contour of the grid closure(s) in the waters of the Gulf of St Lawrence northeast of the Magdalen Islands
Points Position*
North Latitude (N) West Longitude (W)
1 48° 20' 00.00" 61° 50' 00.00"
2 48° 20' 00.00" 61° 40' 00.00"
3 48° 10' 00.00" 61° 40' 00.00"
4 48° 10' 00.00" 61° 30' 00.00"
5 48° 20' 00.00" 61° 30' 00.00"
6 48° 20' 00.00" 61° 00' 00.00"
7 48° 00' 00.00" 61° 00' 00.00"
8 48° 00' 00.00" 60° 50' 00.00"
9 47° 50' 00.00" 60° 50' 00.00"
10 47° 50' 00.00" 60° 40' 00.00"
11 47° 30' 00.00" 60° 40' 00.00"
12 47° 30' 00.00" 61° 00' 00.00"
13 47° 20' 00.00" 61° 00' 00.00"
14 47° 20' 00.00" 61° 10' 00.00"
15 47° 25' 19.97" 61° 10' 00.00"
16 47° 27' 59.96" 61° 07' 00.01"
17 47° 31' 59.96" 60° 59' 00.01"
18 47° 34' 59.96" 60° 56' 00.01"
19 47° 36' 59.96" 60° 57' 00.01"
20 47° 40' 59.96" 61° 05' 00.01"
21 47° 44' 59.96" 61° 04' 00.01"
22 47° 47' 59.96" 61° 06' 00.01"
23 47° 51' 59.96" 61° 06' 00.01"
24 47° 52' 59.96" 61° 14' 00.01"
25 47° 51' 59.96" 61° 30' 00.01"
26 47° 50' 00.00" 61° 33' 59.94"
27 47° 50' 00.00" 61° 50' 00.00"
28 48° 20' 00.00" 61° 50' 00.00"
Table 5 - Coordinates representing the contour of the grid closure(s) in the waters of the Gulf of St Lawrence southwest of the Magdalen Islands (HB44, HC44, HC45, HD44, HD45)
Points Position*
North Latitude (N) West Longitude (W)
1 47° 30' 00.00" 62° 50' 00.00"
2 47° 30' 00.00" 62° 40' 00.00"
3 47° 20' 00.00" 62° 40' 00.00"
4 47° 20' 00.00" 62° 30' 00.00"
5 47° 00' 00.00" 62° 30' 00.00"
6 47° 00' 00.00" 62° 50' 00.00"
7 47° 30' 00.00" 62° 50' 00.00"
Table 6 - Coordinates representing the contour of the grid closure(s) enclosed by the coastline in the waters of the Gulf of St Lawrence between Prince Edward Island and Cape Breton Island (HG49, HG50, HG51, HH49, HH50, HH51, HI49, HI50, HI51)
Points Position*
North Latitude (N) West Longitude (W)
1 46° 27' 45.54" 62° 00' 00.00"
2 46° 40' 00.00" 62° 00' 00.00"
3 46° 40' 00.00" 61° 30' 00.00"
4 46° 10' 00.00" 61° 30' 00.00"
5 46° 10' 00.00" 62° 00' 00.00"
6 46° 26' 09.50" 62° 00' 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 presenting all grid closures in Eastern Canada related to the detection of NARW
(The above map has no legal bearing and is provided for visual reference only.)

For more information

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

Annex 1 – Gulf of St Lawrence – NARW related closures in effect

Measures in effect

The following grid(s) remain temporary closed until further notice in the Gulf of St Lawrence:

  • Full grid(s) GL30, GL31, GL32, GM30, GS46, GS47, GS48, GT46, GT47, GT48, GW42, GW43, GW44, GX43, GX44, GY43, GY44, GZ43, HA43, HB37, HB38, HB40, HB41, HB42, HC40, HC41, HC42, HG49, HG50, HG51, HH50, HH51, HI49, HI50, HI51
  • Portion of grid(s) deeper than the 20 fathom shallow water protocol line only GK30, GK31, GK32, GR46, GR47, GR48, GV33, GW32, GW33, GX32, GX33
  • Portion of grid(s) from the coastline to deeper waters HH49

The following grids are seasonally closed until November 15, 2021, in the Gulf of St Lawrence:

  • Full grid(s) GM31, GM32, GN31, GN32, GO31, GO32, GO33, GS43, GS44, GT37, GT41, GT42, GT43, GT44, GU37, GU38, GU39, GU41, GU42, GU43, GU44, GV37, GV38, GV39, GV40, GV41, GV42, GW34, GW35, GW36, GW37, GW38, GW39, GW40, GW41, GW50, GW52, GW53, GW54, GX36, GX37, GX38, GX39, GX40, GX41, GX42, GX50, GX51, GX52, GX53, GX54, GY36, GY37, GY38, GY39, GY40, GY41, GY42, GY50, GY55, GZ35, GZ36, GZ37, GZ38, GZ39, GZ40, GZ41, GZ42, GZ55, GZ56, HA35, HA36, HA37, HA38, HA39, HA40, HA41, HA42, HA56, HB35, HB44, HC44, HC45, HD44, HD45
  • Portion of grid(s) deeper than the 20 fathom shallow water protocol line only GM33, GN33, GT36, GU36, GV34, GV35, GV36, GX34, GX35, GY35, GY51, GY52, GY53, GY54, GZ54, HA34, HA54, HA55, HB36, HB54

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

Annex 2 – Bay of Fundy – NARW related closures in effect

New re-opening(s)

The following grid(s) will be re-opening on September 16, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.:

  • Full grid(s) HR22, HS22, HT22
  • Portion of grid(s) from the 20 fathom shallow water protocol line to deeper waters HR20, HR21, HS20, HS21
  • Portion of grid(s) within the dynamic area HT20, HT21

Measures in effect

Once the above comes in effect, there will be no grid closures related to NARW in the Bay of Fundy.

The closures are in effect for the following fisheries when the fishing seasons are open in the Maritimes Region: crab, herring (gillnet), mackerel (gillnet), groundfish (gillnet), hagfish, lobster. Closures are also in effect for groundfish (longline) when gear is left unattended.

Annex 3 – Roseway Basin Critical Habitat – NARW related closures in effect

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

Annex 4 – Outside of the dynamic and critical habitat areas – NARW related closures in effect

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

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