Presence of North Atlantic Right Whales – Notice of fishery closures: GV37, GV38, GW36, GW38, GU37, GU38, GU36 and GV36

Moncton, NB – May 18, 2019 – Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) – Gulf and Quebec Regions are providing a notice of new temporary fisheries closures of a fishing area due to the presence of North Atlantic Right Whales (NARW).

Due to the dynamic protocol adjacent to New Brunswick and Québec, the following grids will be closed on May 21, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Atlantic Daylight Time (ADT):

  • Full grids GV37, GV38, GW36, GW38; and
  • Portions of grids GU37, GU38; and
  • Portion of grids GU36 and GV36 from the 20 fathoms shallow water protocol line and deeper.

DFO is providing a 72 hours advanced notice of a fishery closure. All gear must be removed from the closed area before the time of closure. 

Please note that the following grids remain closed:

  • Full grids GU42, GU43, GU44, GV42, GV43, GV44, GV45, GW42, GW43, GW44, GW45, GX43, GX44 and GX45.

The closures will remain in effect until further notice. In the event that areas are reopened, DFO will inform industry prior to their reopening.

The closures will be in effect for the following fisheries where the fishing seasons are currently opened: 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.

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.

The coordinates representing the contour of the closed static area are listed below:

Points Positions
North Latitude West Longitude

1

48° 20' 0" N 63° 50' 0" W

2

47° 40' 0" N 63° 50' 0" W

3

47° 40' 0" N 64° 00' 0" W

4

47° 30' 0" N 64° 00' 0" W

5

47° 30' 0" N 64° 20' 0" W

6

47° 50' 0" N 64° 20' 0" W

7

48° 00' 0" N 64° 10' 0" W

8

48° 10' 0" N 64° 10' 0" W

9

48° 10' 0" N 64° 00' 0" W

10

48° 20' 0" N 64° 00' 0" W

11

48° 20' 0" N 63° 50' 0" W

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.

The coordinates representing the contour of the dynamic protocol closures (all grids in red) are listed below:

Points Positions
North Latitude West Longitude

1

48° 40' 0.0" N 63° 50' 10.1" W

2

48° 36' 16.2" N 63° 40' 0.0" W

3

48° 10' 0.0" N 63° 40' 0.0" W

4

48° 10' 0.0" N 63° 50' 0.0" W

5

48° 20' 0.0" N 63° 50' 0.0" W

6

48° 20' 0.0" N 64° 0' 0.0" W

7

48° 10' 0.0" N 64° 0' 0.0" W

8

48° 10' 0.0" N 64° 10' 0.0" W

9

48° 28' 0.0" N 64° 10' 0.0" W

10

48° 28' 0.0" N 64° 9' 0.0" W

11

48° 30' 0.0" N 64° 6' 0.0" W

12

48° 31' 38.7" N 64° 10' 0.0" W

13

48° 33' 26.2" N 64° 10' 0.0" W

14

48° 40' 0.0" N 63° 56' 36.3" W

15

48° 40' 0.0" N 63° 50' 10.1" W
Points Positions
North Latitude West Longitude

1

48° 40' 0.000" N 62° 40' 0.000" W

2

48° 30' 0.000" N 62° 40' 0.000" W

3

48° 30' 0.000" N 62° 30' 0.000" W

4

48° 0' 0.000" N 62° 30' 0.000" W

5

48° 0' 0.000" N 63° 0' 0.000" W

6

48° 10' 0.000" N 63° 0' 0.000" W

7

48° 10' 0.000" N 63° 10' 0.000" W

8

48° 40' 0.000" N 63° 10' 0.000" W

9

48° 40' 0.000" N 62° 40' 0.000" W

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 identifying the grid closures in the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence due to the presence of NARW

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