Presence of North Atlantic Right Whales - Notice of fishery closure: GK34, GK35, GL34, GL35, GL36, GM34, GM35, GM36, GU38, GU39

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 16, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Atlantic Daylight Time (ADT) for all fisheries.

  • Full grids GL34
  • Portions of grids GK34, GK35, GL35, GL36, GM34, GM35, GM36, GU38 (portion outside of the dynamic area), GU39 (portion outside of the dynamic area)

DFO is providing a 96 hours delay for this fishery closure due to the weather forecast. All gear affected by this notice must be removed from the closed area before the time of closure.

Please note that the following grids remain closed in the Gulf of St. Lawrence:

  • Full grids GS40, GS41, GS42, GT40, GT41, GT42, 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, HB38, HC38
  • Portions of grids GT37, GU36, GU37, GU38, GU39, GV36, GV43, GX47, HB35, HB36, HC35, HC36, HC37

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 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° 39' 56.4" N 63° 50' 0.0" W
40 48° 40' 0.0" N 63° 30' 0.0" W
41 49° 0' 0.0" N 63° 30' 0.0" W
42 49° 0' 0.0" N 63° 0' 0.0" W

The coordinates representing the contour of the Fisheries Dynamic Management Protocol closure North of Anticosti Island are listed below:

Points Positions*
North Latitude West Longitude
1 50° 6' 39.1" N 64° 0' 0.0" W
2 49° 57' 8.6" N 64° 0' 0.0" W
3 49° 58' 0.0" N 64° 6' 0.0" W
4 49° 58' 0.0" N 64° 19' 0.0" W
5 49° 55' 36.0" N 64° 30' 0.0" W
6 50° 11' 1.3" N 64° 30' 0.2" W
7 50° 10' 59.8" N 64° 28' 59.6" W
8 50° 14' 59.4" N 64° 28' 59.6" W
9 50° 14' 0.0" N 64° 20' 0.0" W
10 50° 9' 0.0" N 64° 18' 0.0" W
11 50° 6' 39.1" N 64° 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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