North Atlantic Right Whales - Notice of Fisheries Closing: HA44, HA45, HB43, HB44, HB45, HC43, HC44 and HC45

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 Dynamic fisheries management protocol, grids HA44, HA45, HB43, HB44, HB45, HC43, HC44 and HC45 will be closing on July 23, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Atlantic Daylight Time (ADT):

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

  • Full grids GL34, GS40, GS41, GS42, GT40, GT41, GT42, GU38, GU39, GU40, GU41, GU42, GV37, GV38, GV39, GV40, GV41, GV42, GV44, GV45, GV46, GW38, GW39, GW40, GW41, GW42, GW43, GW44, GW46, GX38, GX39, GX40, GX41, GX42, GX43, GX44, GY38, GY39, GY40, GY41, GY42, GY43, GY44, GY45, GY46, GZ38, GZ39, GZ40, GZ42, GZ43, GZ44, HA37, HA38, HA39, HA40, HA41, HA42; HA43, HB35
  • Portions of grids: GK34, GL35, GL36, GM34, GM35, GM36, GT37, GU36, GU37, GV36, GV43, GW45, GX47, HC35

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

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 grids closed under the Fisheries dynamic management protocol (the larger area connecting the grids in red)are listed below:

Points Positions*
North Latitude West Longitude
1 48° 0' 0.0" N 62° 20' 0.0" W
2 48° 6' 55.8" N 62° 20' 0.0" W
3 48° 3' 15.7" N 62° 10' 0" W
4 48° 0' 0" N 62° 10' 0" W
5 48° 0' 0" N 62° 20' 0" W
6 48° 0' 0" N 62° 20' 0" W
7 47° 50' 0" N 62° 20' 0" W
8 47° 50' 0" N 62° 40' 0" W
9 47° 40' 0.0" N 62° 40' 0" W
10 47° 40' 0" N 62° 30' 0" W
11 47° 10' 0" N 62° 30' 0" W
12 47° 10' 0" N 63° 0' 0" W
13 47° 30' 0" N 63° 0' 0" W
14 47° 30' 0" N 64° 0' 0" W
15 47° 40' 0" N 64° 0' 0" W
16 47° 40' 0" N 63° 50' 0" W
17 48° 20' 0" N 63° 50' 0" W
18 48° 20' 0" N 64° 10' 0" W
19 48° 0' 0" N 62° 20' 0" W
20 48° 6' 55.8" N 62° 20' 0" W
21 48° 28' 0" N 64° 10' 0" W
22 48° 28' 0" N 64° 9' 00" W
23 48° 30' 0" N 64° 6' 0" W
24 48° 31' 38.7" N 64° 10' 0" W
25 48° 33' 26.2" N 64° 10' 0" W
26 48° 41' 21" N 63° 53' 51" W
27 48° 39' 56.4" N 63° 50' 0" W
28 48° 40' 0" N 63° 50' 0" W
29 48° 40' 0" N 63° 30' 0" W
30 49° 0' 0" N 63° 30' 0" W
31 49° 0' 0" N 63° 0' 0" W
32 48° 21' 36" N 63° 0' 0" W
33 48° 20' 0" N 62° 55' 38.2" W
34 48° 20' 0" N 62° 50' 0" W
35 48° 30' 0" N 62° 50' 0" W
36 48° 30' 0" N 62° 20' 0 W
37 48° 10' 0" N 62° 20' 0" W
38 48° 10' 0" N 62° 30' 0" W
39 48° 10' 35.9" N 62° 30' 0" W
40 48° 14' 15.9" N 62° 40' 0" W

The following coordinates representing the contour of grids HB35 and HC35 (portion) area also closed under the Fisheries dynamic management protocol (smaller area in red located below the static on the map):

Points Positions*
North Latitude West Longitude
1 47° 10' 49.0" N 64° 10' 0" W
2 47° 20' 46.8" N 64° 20' 0" W
3 47° 30' 0" N 64° 20' 0" W
4 47° 30' 0" N 64° 10' 0" W
5 47° 10' 49.0" N 64° 10' 0" W

The following points represent the coordinates of grid GZ41 which is the lone OPEN grid surrounded by closed grids (represented in red on the map).

Points Positions*
North Latitude West Longitude
1 47° 50' 0" N 63° 20' 0" W
2 47° 40' 0" N 63° 20' 0.0" W
3 47° 40' 0.0" N 63° 10' 0.0" W
4 47° 50' 0.0" N 63° 10' 0.0" W
5 47° 50' 0.0" N 63° 20' 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.

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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