Presence of North Atlantic Right Whales - Notice of fishery closure: GK33, GL33 GM33

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) – The Quebec Region is 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 will be closing on July 26, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Atlantic Daylight Time (ADT):

  • Full grid GL33
  • Portion of grids GK33, GM33

DFO is providing a 48 hour advanced notice for this fishery closure.  All gear affected by this notice must be removed from the closed area before the time of closure.

As previously announced, the following portion of grid will be closing on July 25, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Atlantic Daylight Time (ADT):

  • Portion of grid GU37

Also as previously announced, the following grid will be reopening on July 25, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Atlantic Daylight Time (ADT):

  • Full grid GZ42

Please note that the following grids remain closed:

  • 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, GZ43, GZ44, HA37, HA38, HA39, HA40, HA42; HA43, HA44, HA45, HB43, HB44, HB45, HC43, HC44, HC45
  • Portions of grids GK34, GK35, GL35, GL36, GM34, GM35, GM36, GT37, GU36, GU37, GV36, GV43, GW45, GX47, HB35, HC35

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 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 one of the Fisheries Dynamic Management Protocol closure in part of the Gulf of St Lawrence are listed below:

Points Positions*
North Latitude West Longitude
1 48° 00' 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' 0.0" W
4 48° 00' 0.0" N 62° 10' 0.0" W
5 48° 00' 0.0" N 62° 20' 0.0" W
6 47° 50' 0.0" N 62° 20' 0.0" W
7 47° 50' 0.0" N 62° 40' 0.0" W
8 47° 40' 0.0" N 62° 40' 0.0" W
9 47° 40' 0.0" N 62° 30' 0.0" W
10 47° 10' 0.0" N 62° 30' 0.0" W
11 47° 10' 0.0" N 63° 00' 0.0" W
12 47° 30' 0.0" N 63° 00' 0.0" W
13 47° 30' 0.0" N 63° 10' 0.0" W
14 47° 40' 0.0" N 63° 10' 0.0" W
15 47° 40' 0.0" N 63° 00' 0.0" W
16 47° 50' 0.0" N 63° 00' 0.0" W
17 47° 50' 0.0" N 63° 20' 0.0" W
18 47° 30' 0.0" N 63° 20' 0.0" W
19 47° 30' 0.0" N 64° 00' 0.0" W
20 47° 40' 0.0" N 64° 00' 0.0" W
21 47° 40' 0.0" N 63° 50' 0.0" W
22 48° 20' 0.0" N 63° 50' 0.0" W
23 48° 20' 0.0" N 64° 10' 0.0" W
24 48° 28' 0.0" N 64° 10' 0.0" W
25 48° 28' 0.0" N 64° 09' 0.0" W
26 48° 30' 0.0" N 64° 06' 0.0" W
27 48° 31' 38.7" N 64° 10' 0.0" W
28 48° 33' 26.2" N 64° 10' 0.0" W
29 48° 38' 20.2" N 64° 00' 0.0" W
30 48° 40' 0.0" N 64° 00' 0.0" W
31 48° 40' 0.0" N 63° 56' 36.3" W
32 48° 41' 21.0" N 63° 53' 51.0" W
33 48° 39' 56.4" N 63° 50' 0.0" W
34 48° 40' 0.0" N 63° 50' 0.0" W
35 48° 40' 0.0" N 63° 30' 0.0" W
36 49° 00' 0.0" N 63° 30' 0.0" W
37 49° 00' 0.0" N 63° 00' 0.0" W
38 48° 21' 36.0" N 63° 00' 0.0" W
39 48° 20' 0.0" N 62° 55' 38.2" W
40 48° 20' 0.0" N 62° 50' 0.0" W
41 48° 30' 0.0" N 62° 50' 0.0" W
42 48° 30' 0.0" N 62° 20' 0.0" W
43 48° 10' 0.0" N 62° 20' 0.0" W
44 48° 10' 0.0" N 62° 30' 0.0" W
45 48° 10' 35.9" N 62° 30' 0.0" W
46 48° 14' 15.9" N 62° 40' 0.0" W
47 48° 00' 0.0" N 62° 40' 0.0" W
48 48° 00' 0.0" N 62° 20' 0.0" W

Coordinates representing the contour of grids HB35 and HC35 (portion) of another Fisheries Dynamic Management Protocol closure in the Gulf of St Lawrence are listed below:

Points Positions*
North Latitude West Longitude
1 47° 10' 49.0" N 64° 10' 0.0" W
2 47° 20' 46.8" N 64° 20' 0.0" W
3 47° 30' 0.0" N 64° 20' 0.0" W
4 47° 30' 0.0" N 64° 10' 0.0" W
5 47° 10' 49.0" N 64° 10' 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° 14' 0.0" N 64° 20' 0.0" W
2 50° 09' 0.0" N 64° 18' 0.0" W
3 50° 06' 39.1" N 64° 00' 0.0" W
4 49° 57' 8.6" N 64° 00' 0.0" W
5 49° 58' 0.0" N 64° 06' 0.0" W
6 49° 58' 0.0" N 64° 19' 0.0" W
7 49° 55' 36.0" N 64° 30' 0.0" W
8 49° 52' 0.0" N 64° 35' 0.0" W
9 49° 50' 0.0" N 64° 32' 30.0" W
10 49° 50' 0.0" N 64° 40' 0.0" W
11 50° 15' 40.0" N 64° 40' 0.0" W
12 50° 16' 0.0" N 64° 36' 0.0" W
13 50° 15' 0.0" N 64° 33' 0.0" W
14 50° 11' 0.0" N 64° 33' 0.0" W
15 50° 11' 0.0" N 64° 29' 0.0" W
16 50° 15' 0.0" N 64° 29' 0.0" W
17 50° 14' 0.0" N 64° 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.

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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