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2021 fishery management measures

North Atlantic right whales

Canada has a suite of fisheries measures and initiatives in place in Atlantic Canada and Quebec to prevent entanglements in fishing gear.

Temporary and season-long fishing area closures:

Infographic: Fishing area closures to protect North Atlantic right whales

Fishing area closures

Infographic: Canada’s fishing measures by year introduced

Measures by year

Provisions for waters shallower than 20 fathoms:

Effective tracking of fishing gear:

Mandatory reporting for lost gear:

Mandatory reporting of interactions between vessels or fishing gear and marine mammals:

Exploring new fishing technologies and methods:

Continued monitoring and reporting:

Engagement with stakeholders:

Combatting marine litter: Ghost gear

As part of our ongoing efforts to protect the endangered North Atlantic right whale, DFO has been working to retrieve lost fishing gear, known as ghost gear, from the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The Department has also been working with industry on an ongoing basis to encourage fish harvesters to undertake ghost gear removal initiatives in conjunction with our fishery officers. We are also working to expand current mandatory reporting requirements for lost gear to more fisheries.

In 2019, we announced the $8.3 million Ghost Gear Fund to assist fish harvesters, environmental groups, Indigenous communities, the aquaculture industry, and coastal communities to find and retrieve harmful ghost gear from the ocean and dispose of it responsibly so that it can be recycled back into the economy. The program will also support fish harvesters looking to acquire market ready gear technologies to reduce gear loss.

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