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Fishery notices related to North Atlantic right whales

Acoustic detections of whales by hydrophones (underwater microphones), and visual sightings of right whales from vessels and aircraft, will trigger temporary and season-long fishing closures.

Learn about the fisheries management measures in place to protect North Atlantic right whales in Canada

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Fishery closures and openings

Note: The grids are closed as of the date that a whale is detected. No new fishing activity is permitted. For safety reasons (based on the marine weather forecast), harvesters fishing in the closed area are provided with time to retrieve their gear.

Notice title Date issued
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid re-openings(s) GS44, GS45, GS46, GT44, GT45, GT46, GU44, GU45, GU46 2022-08-05
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure(s) GZ34 2022-08-04
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure(s) HA34, HB34, HC34, HC35, HC36 2022-08-02
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid re-opening(s) GZ43, HA43, HB43 2022-07-29
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure(s) GZ44, GZ45, GZ46 2022-07-28
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure(s) HD48, HD49, HD50, HE48, HE49, HE50, HF48, HF49, HG47, HG48, HG49 2022-07-27
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid re-opening(s) GM31, GM32, GM33, GN31, GN32, GN33, GO31, GO32, GO33 2022-07-26
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure(s) HB35 2022-07-25
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure(s) GM31, GM32, GM33, GN31, GN32, GN33, GO31, GO32, GO33, GS44, GS45, GS46, GT44, GT45, GT46, GU44, GU45, GU46 2022-07-22
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid re-opening(s) GS37 2022-07-18
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closures(s) GZ43, HA43, HB43 and Notice of grid re-opening(s) GM31, GM32, GM33, GN31, GN32, GN33, GO31, GO32, GO33, GU43, GU44, GU45 2022-07-15
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid re-opening(s) GS43, GS44, GS45, GT43, GT44, GT45 2022-07-12
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid re-opening(s) GS35, GS36 2022-07-11
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid re-opening(s) HA43, HB43, HC43 2022-07-07
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure(s) GM31, GM32, GM33, GN31, GN32, GN33, GO31, GO32, GO33 2022-07-04
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid re-opening(s) GW42, GX42 2022-06-30
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure(s) GS43, GS44, GS45, GT43, GT44, GT45, GU43, GU44, GU45 and Notice of grid re-opening(s) GT35, GU35, GX35, HE48, HE49, HE50, HF48, HF49, HF50, HG48, HG49, HG50 2022-06-27
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure(s) GV36, GV37, GV38, GZ41, GZ42, HA42, HA43, HB41, HB42, HB43, HC43 2022-06-23
Transport Canada - 2022 Transport Canada restricted area activated to protect North Atlantic Right Whales in Canada 2022-06-23
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid re-opening(s) GV36, GV37, GV38, HD47 2022-06-22
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid re-opening(s) GZ41, GZ44, GZ45, GZ46 2022-06-21
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid re-opening(s) HC43 2022-06-20
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid re-opening(s) HB41, HB42 2022-06-17
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure(s) GW42, GX42, GY42 and Notice of grid re-opening(s) IG22, IG23, IG24, IG25, IG26, IH22, IH23, IH24, IH25, IH26, II22, II23, II24, II25, II26 2022-06-16
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure(s) GX35, HE48, HE49, HE50, HF48, HF49, HF50, HG48, HG49, HG50 and Notice of grid re-opening(s) HG45, HG46, HG47 2022-06-13
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid re-opening(s) HC36 2022-06-10
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure(s) GV36, GV37, GV38 2022-06-08
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure(s) GY41, GZ41, GZ44, GZ45, GZ46, HD47 and notice of grid re-opening(s) GT36, GT37, GU36, GU37, GV36, GV37, GV38 2022-06-07
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid re-opening(s) GS38, GS39, GS40, GS41, GT38, GT39, GT40, GT41, GU38, GU39, GU40, GU41 2022-06-06
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure(s) HB41, HB42 and Notice of grid re-opening(s) HD38 2022-06-03
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure(s) IG22, IG23, IG24, IG25, IG26, IH22, IH23, IH24, IH25, IH26, II22, II23, II24, II25, II26 2022-06-02
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure(s) GW36, GW37, GW38, GX36 2022-05-31
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure(s) GY35, GY36, GZ35, HA35, HA44, HA45, HA46, HB44, HB45, HB46, HC44, HC45, HC46, HE47, HF47, HG45, HG46, HG47 2022-05-30
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure(s) GX37, GX38, GY37, GY38, GY39, GY40, HC36, HD46, HE46, HF46 2022-05-27
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid re-opening(s) GZ41, GZ42 2022-05-26
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure(s) GT36, GT37, GU36, GU37, GV36, GV37, GV38, GV39, GV40, GV41, GW39, GW40, GW41, GX39, GX40, GX41, GZ36, HA36, HB36, HC42 and Notice of grid re-opening(s) HC43 2022-05-25
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure(s) HC37 and Notice of grid re-opening(s) HA41, HA42, HA43, HB41, HB42, HB43, HC42 2022-05-24
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure(s) GS38, GS39, GS40, GS41, GT38, GT39, GT40, GT41, GU38, GU39, GU40, GU41, GZ37, GZ38, GZ39, HA37, HB37, HD38 2022-05-20
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure(s) HD44, HD45, HE44, HE45, HF44, HF45 2022-05-19
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid re-opening(s) GW51, GW52, GW53, GX51, GX52, GX53, GY51, GY52, GY53 2022-05-18
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure(s) HE39, HE40, HF39, HF40 2022-05-16
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure(s) HE41, HE42, HE43, HF41, HF42, HF43 2022-05-13
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure(s) GZ40, GZ41, GZ42 2022-05-12
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure(s) HA38, HA39, HB38, HB39, HC38, HC39, HD39, HD40, HD41, HD42, HD43 2022-05-10
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure(s) HA40, HA41, HA42, HA43, HB40, HB41, HB42, HB43, HC40, HC41, HC42, HC43 2022-05-09
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure(s) GW51, GW52, GW53, GX51, GX52, GX53, GY51, GY52, GY53 2022-05-04
2022 traffic management measures to protect North Atlantic Right Whales in Canada 2022-04-20
2022 Fisheries management measures to protect North Atlantic Right Whales in Canadian waters 2022-04-05
North Atlantic Right Whale – Notice of grid re-opening(s) IB26, IB27, IB28, IC26, IC27, IC28, ID26, ID27, ID28 2021-12-06
North Atlantic Right Whale – Notice of grid closure(s) IB26, IB27, IB28, IC26, IC27, IC28, ID26, ID27, ID28 2021-11-23
North Atlantic Right Whale – Notice for the re-opening of all grids in the Gulf of St Lawrence 2021-11-22
Transport Canada - Interim Order repealed for the protection of the North Atlantic Right Whales (eubalaena glacialis) in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, 2021 2021-11-16
North Atlantic Right Whale – Notice of grid closure(s) HD50, HD51 2021-11-12
North Atlantic Right Whale – Notice of grid closure(s) HG53, HG54 and Notice of grid re-opening(s) HA59, HA60, HA61, HB58, HB59, HB60, HB61, HC57, HC58, HC59, HC60, HC61, HD57, HD58, HD59 2021-11-08
North Atlantic Right Whale – Notice of grid closure(s) GY56, HC53, HC54, HC55, HD55, HE55 and Notice of grid re-opening(s) HD46, HE44, HE45, HE46 2021-10-27
North Atlantic Right Whale – Notice of grid closure(s) HA61, HB61, HC61 2021-10-22
North Atlantic Right Whale – Notice of grid closure(s) HA44, HA45, HA46, HA47, HA59, HA60, HB45, HB46, HB47, HB60, HC60 2021-10-21
North Atlantic Right Whale – Notice of grid closure(s) GT48, GU48, GV48, GZ57, GZ58, HA57, HA58, HB56 and Notice of grid re-opening(s) HB40, HB41, HB42, HC40, HC42, HD40, HD42 2021-10-20
North Atlantic Right Whale – Notice of grid closure(s) HB57, HB58, HB59, HC57, HC58, HC59, HD57, HD58, HD59 2021-10-14
North Atlantic Right Whale – Notice of grid closure(s) HD52, HD53, HD54, HE53, HE54, HF53, HF54 and Notice of grid re-opening(s) GL21, GL22, GL23, GM21, GM22, GM23, GN21, GN22, GN23, GQ37, GQ38, GQ39, GR37, GR38, GR39, GS37, GS38, GS39, GT38 2021-10-13
North Atlantic Right Whale – Notice of grid closure(s) GS45, GS46, GT45, GT46, GT47, GU45, GU46, GU47, GV44, GV45, GV46, GV47, GW44, GW45, GW46, GX44, GX45, GX46 and Notice of grid re-opening(s) HE41, HE42, HE43 2021-10-12
North Atlantic Right Whale – Notice of grid closure(s) HC46, HC47, HD46, HE44, HE45, HE46, HE50, HE51, HE52, HF50, HF51, HF52, HG50, HG51, HG52 2021-10-08
North Atlantic Right Whale – Notice of grid closure(s) HE47 and Notice of grid re-opening(s) HF45, HF46, HG47, HG48 2021-10-06
North Atlantic Right Whale – Notice of grid closure(s) GL21, GL22, GL23, GM21, GM22, GM23, GN21, GN22, GN23, HB40, HB41, HC40, HD40 and Notice of grid re-opening(s) GR46, GR47, GR48, GS46, GS47, HB43, HC43, HD43, HD55, HD56, HD57, HE45, HE46, HE47, HE55, HE56, HE57, HF55, HF56, HG45, HG46, HG49, HG50, HG51, HH49, HH50, HH51, HI49, HI50, HI51 2021-10-04
North Atlantic Right Whale – Notice of grid closure(s) GQ37, GQ38, GQ39, GR37, GR38, GR39, GS37, GS38, GS39, GT38 2021-10-01
North Atlantic Right Whale – Notice of grid closure(s) HC41, HD41, HE41, HE42, HE43 2021-09-24
North Atlantic Right Whale – Notice of grid re-opening(s) GK30, GK31, GK32, GL30, GL31, GL32, GM30, GS48, GT46, GT47, GT48, GV33, GW32, GW33, GX32, GX33, GY43, HB40 2021-09-23
North Atlantic Right Whale – Notice of grid closure(s) HD47, HD48, HD49, HE48, HE49, HF48, HF49, HG48 and Notice of grid re-opening(s) GW42, GW43, GW44, GX43, GX44, GY44, GZ43, HA43, HB37, HB38, HB41, HC40, HC41 2021-09-20
North Atlantic Right Whale – Notice of grid closure(s) HB43, HC43, HD42, HD43, HD55, HD56, HD57, HE45, HE46, HE47, HE55, HE56, HE57, HF45, HF46, HF47, HF55, HF56, HG45, HG46, HG47 2021-09-17
North Atlantic Right Whale – Notice of grid re-opening(s) HR20, HR21, HR22, HS20, HS21, HS22, HT20, HT21, HT22 2021-09-16
North Atlantic Right Whale – Notice of grid closure(s) HG49, HG50, HG51, HH49, HH50, HH51, HI49, HI50, HI51 2021-09-14
North Atlantic Right Whale – Notice of grid closure(s) GK30, GK31, GK32, GL30, GL31, GL32, GM30, GV33, GW32, GW33, GX32, GX33, HR20, HR21, HR22, HS20, HS21, HS22, HT20, HT21, HT22 and Notice of grid re-opening(s) GL37, GL38, GL39, GM37, GM38, GM39, IB27, IB28, IB29, IC27, IC28, IC29, ID27, ID28, ID29 2021-09-09
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid re-opening(s) GS42, GU35, HP20, HP21, HP22, HQ20, HQ21, HQ22 2021-09-07
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure(s) GL37, GL38, GL39, GM37, GM38, GM39, GX34 2021-09-01
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure(s) GR46, GR47, GR48, GS47, GS48, GT47, GT48, GW42, GZ43, HA43, HB37, HB38, HB40, HB41, HB42, HC40, HC41, HC42 and Notice of grid re-opening(s) GS45, GT45, GU45, GU46, GW45, GX45, GY45, HB45, HB46, HC46, HD46, HO18, HO19, HP18, HP19, HP20, HQ18, HQ19, HQ20 2021-08-30
Repealed: 2021 Transport Canada restricted area 2021-08-27
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure(s) HP21, HP22, HQ21, HQ22, IB27, IB28, IB29, IC27, IC28, IC29, ID27, ID28, ID29 2021-08-27
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid re-opening(s) HF53, HF54, HF55, HG53, HG54, HG55, HH53, HH54 2021-08-26
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure(s) GS42, GU35, GV34, GV35, GW34, GW35 and Notice of grid re-opening(s) GW42, HB42, HB43, HC42, HC43, HD42, HD43, HE43, HE44, HE45 2021-08-23
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure(s) GU38 2021-08-18
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of seasonal grid closure(s) GU39 2021-08-19
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of seasonal grid closure(s) GS43 2021-08-17
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure(s) GS45, GS46, GT45, GT46, GU45, GU46, GW43, GW44, GW45, GX43, GX44, GX45, GY43, GY44, GY45, HB45, HB46, HC46, HD46 and Notice of grid re-opening(s) GR42, GR43, GR44, GS42, GS43, GT40, GU40 2021-08-16
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid re-opening(s) GW43, GX43, GY43, GZ34, HB37 2021-08-12
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure(s) HO18, HO19, HP18, HP19, HP20, HQ18, HQ19, HQ20 and Notice of grid re-opening(s) GW44, GW45, GX44, GX45, GY44, GY45 2021-08-11
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure(s) GU39 and Notice of grid re-opening(s) GT38, GU38, GV43, GV48 2021-08-10
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure(s) GW42, GX42, GY42, HF53, HF54, HF55, HG53, HG54, HG55, HH53, HH54 and Notice of grid re-opening(s) GL36, GL37, GL38, GM36, GM37, GM38, GT45, GT46, GT47, GU45, GU46, GU47, GV45, GV46, GV47 2021-08-09
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure(s) HB42, HB43, HB44, HC42, HC43, HC44, HC45, HD42, HD43, HD44, HD45, HE43, HE44, HE45 and Notice of grid re-opening(s) GT38, GU38 2021-08-05
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure(s) GU44 2021-08-04
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grids seasonal closures: GT41, GT42, GT43, GU41, GU42, GV42; Notice of grids temporary closures: GR42, GS42, GS43, GS44, GT40, GT44, GU40 and portions of grids closures: GR43, GR44 2021-08-03
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of portion of grid closure GZ34 2021-07-30
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure(s) GW43, GW44, GW45, GX43, GX44, GX45, GY43, GY44, GY45 and Notice of grid re-opening(s) HE48, HE49, HE50, HF48, HF49, HF50, HG48, HG49, HG50 2021-07-29
2021 Transport Canada restricted area activated to protect North Atlantic right whales in Canada 2021-07-28
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure(s) GT48, GU48, GV48 2021-07-28
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure(s) GM31, GM32, GM33, GN31, GN32, GN33, GO31, GO32, GO33 2021-07-27
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure(s) GT54, GT46, GT47, GU45, GU46, GU47, GV45, GV46, GV47, HB37 and Notice of grid re-opening(s) GU35, GU36, GV35, GV36 2021-07-26
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure(s) GL36, GL37, GL38, GM36, GM37, GM38, GT41, GT42, GT43, GU41, GU42, GU43, GV42, GV43 2021-07-22
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure(s) GT38, GU38 and Notice of grid re-opening(s) GT35, GT36 2021-07-21
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure(s) HE48, HE49, HE50, HF48, HF49, HF50, HG48, HG49, HG50 2021-07-16
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure(s) GV41 and Notice of grid re-opening(s) HB37, HB38, HB39 2021-07-12
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure(s) GU36, GV36 2021-07-08
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure(s) GT35, GT36, GU35, GV35 and Notice of grid re-opening(s) GM31, GM32, GM33, GN31, GN32, GN33, GO31, GO32, GO33, GP22, GP23, GP24, GQ22, GQ23, GQ24, GR22, GY44, GY45, GY46, GZ44, GZ45, GZ46, HA44, HA45, HA46 2021-07-07
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid re-opening(s) GT38, GT39, GT40, GU38, GU39, GU40 2021-07-05
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure(s) GP22, GP23, GP24, GQ22, GQ23, GQ24, GR22 2021-06-30
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid re-opening(s) GU35, GV35, GW35 2021-06-29
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid re-opening(s) GY42, HB34, HC34, HC35, HC36 2021-06-28
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure(s) GM31, GM32, GM33, GN31, GN32, GN33, GO31, GO32, GO33, GT36, GT37 2021-06-24
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure(s) GT38, GT39, GT40, GU38, GU39, GU40 2021-06-22
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure(s) HB37, HB38, HB39, GY46 and Notice of grid re-opening(s) GW43, GW44, GW45, GX43, GX44, GX45, GY43, GZ34, HB41, HB42 2021-06-21
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of seasonal grid closure(s) GX35 2021-06-18
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure(s) GU35, GU36, GU37, GV35, GW35 and Notice of grid re-opening(s) GX35 2021-06-17
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid re-opening(s) HB37, HC37, HC38, HC39 2021-06-16
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid re-opening(s) HB38, HB39, HB40 2021-06-15
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure(s) GV36, GV37, GV38, GV39, GV40, GY42, HB34, HC34, HC35, HC36 and Notice of grid re-opening(s) GU47, GU48, GU49, GV47, GV48, GV49, GW46, GW47, GW48, GW49, GX46, GX47, GX48, GX49, GY46, GY47, GY48, GY49 2021-06-14
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of seasonal grid closure(s) GW36, GW37, GX36, GX37 2021-06-10
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure(s) GZ34, HA34, HB35, HB36 and Notice of grid re-opening(s) GW51 2021-06-07
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure(s) GX35 2021-06-04
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure(s) GW43, GW44, GW45, GX43, GX44, GX45, GY43, GY44, GY45, GZ41, GZ42, GZ44, GZ45, GZ46, HA41, HA42, HA44, HA45, HA46, HB37, HB41, HB42, HC37, HC38, HC39 2021-06-03
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure(s) GW36, GW37, GX36, HB38, HB39, HB40 2021-06-02
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure(s) GU47, GU48, GU49, GV47, GV48, GV49, GW46, GW47, GW48, GW49, GX47, GX48, GX49, GY47, GY48, GY49 and Notice of grid re-opening(s) GV41, GV42, GV43, GW42, GW43, GX42, GX43, GX44, GX45, GY42, GY44, GY45, GZ44, GZ45, GZ46, GZ51, GZ52, GZ53, GZ54, HA52, HA53, HA54, HB35, HB36, HB37, HB52, HB53, HB54 2021-05-31
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of seasonal grid closure(s) GW38 2021-05-26
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure(s) GW50, GW51, GX50, GY35, GY50, HA39, HA40 and Notice of grid re-opening(s) GW38 2021-05-25
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid re-opening(s) GX55 2021-05-19
Transport Canada – North Atlantic Right Whales – 2021 Vessel Traffic Management Measures 2021-04-28
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure(s) GX37 and Notice of grid re-opening(s) HB55, HB56 2021-05-18
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure(s) GV41, GV42, GV43, GW41, GW42, GW43, GX41, GX42, GX43, GX44, GX45, GX46, GY41, GY42, GY44, GY45, GY46, GZ39, GZ40, GZ44, GZ45, GZ46, GZ52, GZ53, GZ54, HA52, HA53, HA54, HB52, HB53, HB54 2021-05-17
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure(s) GX51, GY51, GZ51 2021-05-13
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure(s) GW38, GW39, GW40, GX38, GX39, GX40, GY39, GY40, GZ35, HA35, HB35, HB36, HB37 2021-05-12
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure(s) GY36, GY37, GY38, GZ36, GZ37, GZ38, HA36, HA37, HA38 2021-05-11
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid re-opening(s) GY56, GY57, GZ57, HA57 2021-05-10
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure(s) GX55 2021-05-06
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure(s) GW52, GW53, GW54, GX52, GX53, GX54, GY52, GY53, GY54, GZ54, HA54, HB54, HB55, HB56 2021-05-05
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure(s) GY55, GY56, GY57, GZ55, GZ56, GZ57, HA55, HA56, HA57 2021-04-26
2021 fisheries management measures to protect North Atlantic Right Whales in Canadian waters 2021-03-30

Impacted fisheries

Some fisheries could be impacted by right whale measures:

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