North Atlantic Right Whales - Notice of grid re-opening: GU36, GU44, GV36, GV42, GV43, GW36

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) – The Gulf and Quebec Regions are providing notice for the reopening of grids that were previously closed due to the presence of North Atlantic Right Whales (NARW).

As per the Fisheries dynamic management protocol, the following grids will be reopening on May 31, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Atlantic Daylight Time (ADT):

Outside of the dynamic area :

  • Full grid : GU44
  • Portions of grids : GV42, GV43

Also, as per the Fisheries dynamic management protocol, the following grids will be reopening on June 1, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Atlantic Daylight Time (ADT):

Inside of the dynamic area :

  • Full grid : GW36
  • Portions of grids : GU36, GV36

Please note that the following grids will be closing at 5:00 p.m. on June 2, 2019, as previously announced:

  • Full grids : GV39, GV46, GW39, GW40, GW41
  • Portions of grids : GU39, GU40, GV40, GV41, GW46 (portion outside of dynamic area) and GX46 (portion outside of dynamic area)

Please note that the following grids remain closed until further notice:

  • Full grids GV37, GV38, GV44, GV45, GW38, GW42, GW43, GW44, GW45, GX42, GX43, GX44,  GX45, GY43, GY44, GY45, GY46, GY47
  • Portions of grids GU37, GU38, GV42 (portion inside dynamic area), GV43 (portion inside dynamic area), GW46 (portion inside dynamic area), GX46 (portion inside dynamic area), GX47

The closures are 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

The coordinates representing the contour of the Fisheries dynamic management protocol closure are listed below:

Points Positions*
North Latitude West Longitude

1

48° 20' 0.0" N 62° 55' 38.2" W

2

48° 20' 0.0" N 62° 50' 0.0" W

3

48° 30' 0.0" N 62° 50' 0.0" W

4

48° 30' 0.0" N 62° 20' 0.0" W

5

48° 06' 55.8" N 62° 20' 0.0" W

6

48° 03' 15.7" N 62° 10' 0.0" W

7

47° 50' 0.0" N 62° 10' 0.0" W

8

47° 50' 0.0" N 63° 00' 0.0" W

9

48° 00' 0.0" N 63° 00' 0.0" W

10

48° 00' 0.0" N 63° 10' 0.0" W

11

48° 10' 0.0" N 63° 10' 0.0" W

12

48° 10' 0.0" N 63° 50' 0.0" W

13

48° 20' 0.0" N 63° 50' 0.0" W

14

48° 20' 0.0" N 64° 00' 0.0" W

15

48° 38' 20.2" N 64° 00' 0.0" W

16

48° 40' 0.0" N 63° 56' 36.3" W

17

48° 40' 0.0" N 63° 50' 10.1" W

18

48° 20' 0.0" N 62° 55' 38.2" 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.

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

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