Presence of North Atlantic Right Whales - Notice of fishery closure: GS40, GS41, GS42, GT40, GT41, GT42

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) – The Gulf and Quebec Regions are providing notice of new temporary fishing area closures due to the confirmed presence of North Atlantic Right Whales (NARW).

As per the Fisheries Dynamic Management Protocol, the following grids in the Gulf of St. Lawrence will be closing on July 3, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Atlantic Daylight Time (ADT) for all fisheries.

  • Full grids GS40, GS41, GS42, GT40, GT41 and GT42.

DFO is providing a 48 hours advanced notice of a fishery closure. All gear must be removed from the closed area before the time of closure.

As previously announced and as per the Fisheries dynamic management protocol, the following grids will be closing July 2, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Atlantic Daylight Time (ADT) for all fisheries.

  • Full grids HB38 and HC38

Please note that the following grids remain closed:

  • Full grids GU40, GU41, GU42, GV37, GV38, GV39, GV40, GV41, GV42, GV44, GV45, GV46, GW36, GW38, GW39, GW40, GW41, GW42, GW43, GW44, GW45, GW46, GX38, GX39, GX40, GX41, GX42, GX43, GX44, GX45, GX46, GY38, GY39, GY40, GY41, GY42, GY43, GY44, GY45, GY46, GZ38, GZ39, GZ40, GZ41, GZ42, GZ43, GZ44, HA37, HA38, HA39, HA40, HA41, HA42, HA43, HB37
  • Portions of grids inside the dynamic management protocol area GT37, GU36, GU37, GU38, GU39, GV36, GV43, GX47, HB35, HB36, HC35, HC36 and HC37.

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

  • Gulf and Quebec Regions:  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 in the Gulf of St. Lawrence 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 in the Gulf of St Lawrence are listed below:

Points Positions*
North Latitude West Longitude
1 49° 0' 0.0" N 63° 0' 0.0" W
2 48° 21' 36.0" N 63° 0' 0.0" W
3 48° 20' 0.0" N 62° 55' 38.2" W
4 48° 20' 0.0" N 62° 50' 0.0" W
5 48° 30' 0.0" N 62° 50' 0.0" W
6 48° 30' 0.0" N 62° 20' 0.0" W
7 48° 6' 55.8" N 62° 20' 0.0" W
8 48° 3' 15.7" N 62° 10' 0.0" W
9 48° 0' 0.0" N 62° 10' 0.0" W
10 48° 0' 0.0" N 62° 20' 0.0" W
11 47° 50' 0.0" N 62° 20' 0.0" W
12 47° 50' 0.0" N 62° 40' 0.0" W
13 47° 40' 0.0" N 62° 40' 0.0" W
14 47° 40' 0.0" N 62° 50' 0.0" W
15 47° 30' 0.0" N 62° 50' 0.0" W
16 47° 30' 0.0" N 63° 40' 0.0" W
17 47° 10' 0.0" N 63° 40' 0.0" W
18 47° 10' 0.0" N 63° 50' 0.0" W
19 47° 20' 0.0" N 64° 0' 0.0" W
20 47° 26' 0.0" N 64° 3' 0.0" W
21 47° 20' 0.0" N 64° 10' 0.0" W
22 47° 15' 0.0" N 64° 5' 0.0" W
23 47° 10' 24.0" N 64° 9' 35.0" W
24 47° 20' 46.8" N 64° 20' 0.0" W
25 47° 30' 0.0" N 64° 20' 0.0" W
26 47° 30' 0.0" N 64° 0' 0.0" W
27 47° 40' 0.0" N 64° 0' 0.0" W
28 47° 40' 0.0" N 63° 50' 0.0" W
29 48° 20' 0.0" N 63° 50' 0.0" W
30 48° 20' 0.0" N 64° 0' 0.0" W
31 48° 10' 0.0" N 64° 0' 0.0" W
32 48° 10' 0.0" N 64° 10' 0.0" W
33 48° 28' 0.0" N 64° 10' 0.0" W
34 48° 28' 0.0" N 64° 9' 0.0" W
35 48° 30' 0.0" N 64° 6' 0.0" W
36 48° 31' 38.7" N 64° 10' 0.0" W
37 48° 33' 26.2" N 64° 10' 0.0" W
38 48° 41' 21.0" N 63° 53' 51.0" W
39 48° 32' 36.2" N 63° 30' 0.0" W
40 49° 0' 0.0" N 63° 30' 0.0" W
41 49° 0' 0.0" N 63° 0' 0.0" 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.

Map identifying all grid closures in Atlantic Canada due to the presence of NARW

Map identifying all grid closures in Atlantic Canada due to the presence of NARW.

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