North Atlantic Right Whales - Notice of grid re-opening: GS40, GS41, GS42, GT40, GT41, GT42, GU36, GU42, GV36, GV44, GV45, GV46, GZ40, GZ43, GZ44, HB35

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

As per the Fisheries Dynamic Management Protocol, the following grid will be reopening on July 31, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Atlantic Daylight Time (ADT):

  • Full grid GS40, GS41, GS42, GT40, GT41, GT42, GU36, GU42, GV36, GV44, GV45, GV46, GZ40, GZ43, GZ44, HB35

Please note that the following grids remain closed:

  • Full grids GL33, GL34, GU37, GU38, GU39, GU40, GU41, GV37, GV38, GV39, GV40, GV41, GW38, GW39, GW40, GW41, GW42, GW44, GW46, GX38, GX39, GX40, GX41, GX42, GX44, GY38, GY39, GY40, GY41, GY42, GY44, GY45, GY46, GZ38, GZ39, HA37, HA38, HA39, HA40, HA42, HA43, HA44, HA45, HB43, HB44, HB45, HC43, HC44, HC45
  • Portions of grids GK33, GK34, GK35, GL35, GL36, GM33, GM34, GM35, GM36, GT37, GV42, GV43, GW45, GX47, 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° 20' 0.0" N 62° 55' 38.2" W
2 48° 20' 0.0" N 63° 0' 0.0" W
3 47° 50' 0.0" N 63° 0' 0.0" W
4 47° 50' 0.0" N 63° 30' 0.0" W
5 47° 40' 0.0" N 63° 30' 0.0" W
6 47° 40' 0.0" N 63° 20' 0.0" W
7 47° 30' 0.0" N 63° 20' 0.0" W
8 47° 30' 0.0" NN 64° 0' 0.0" W
9 47° 40' 0.0" N 64° 0' 0.0" W
10 47° 40' 0.0" N 63° 50' 0.0" W
11 48° 20' 0.0" N 63° 50' 0.0" W
12 48° 20' 0.0" N 64° 0' 0.0" W
13 48° 40' 0.0" N 64° 0' 0.0" W
14 48° 40' 0.0" N 63° 56' 36.3" W
15 48° 41' 21.0" N 63° 53' 51.0" W
16 48° 39' 56.4" N 63° 50' 0.0" W
17 48° 40' 0.0" N 63° 50' 0.0" W
18 48° 40' 0.0" N 63° 10' 0.0" W
19 48° 25' 16.1" N 63° 10' 0.0" W
20 48° 20' 0.0" N 62° 55' 38.2" W

The coordinates representing the contour of grids closed under the Fisheries dynamic management protocol (eastern portion connecting the western 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' 0.0" W
4 48° 0' 0.0" N 62° 10' 0.0" W
5 48° 0' 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° 50' 0.0" W
8 48° 17' 56.0" N 62° 50' 0.0" W
9 48° 20' 0.0" N 62° 55' 38.2" W
10 48° 20' 0.0" N 62° 20' 0.0" W
11 48° 10' 0.0" N 62° 20' 0.0" W
12 48° 10' 0.0" N 62° 30' 0.0" W
13 48° 10' 35.9" N 62° 30' 0.0" W
14 48° 14' 15.9" N 62° 40' 0.0" W
15 48° 0' 0.0" N 62° 40' 0.0" W
16 48° 0' 0.0" N 62° 20' 0.0" W

The coordinates representing the contour of grids closed under the Fisheries dynamic management protocol (the eastern portion of grids in red at the bottom right) are listed below:

Points Positions*
North Latitude West Longitude
1 47° 40' 0.0" N 62° 30' 0.0" W
2 47° 10' 0.0" N 62° 30' 0.0" W
3 47° 10' 0.0" N 63° 0' 0.0" W
4 47° 30' 0.0" N 63° 0' 0.0" W
5 47° 30' 0.0" N 63° 10' 0.0" W
6 47° 40' 0.0" N 63° 10' 0.0" W
7 47° 40' 0.0" N 62° 30' 0.0" W

The following coordinates representing the contour of grids 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° 20' 0.0" N 64° 10' 0.0" W
2 47° 10' 49.0" N 64° 10' 0.0" W
3 47° 20' 0.0" N 64° 19' 13.1" W
4 47° 20' 0.0" 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° 11' 0.0" N 64° 33' 0.0"W
2 50° 11' 0.0" N 64° 29' 0.0" W
3 50° 15' 0.0" N 64° 29' 0.0" W
4 50° 14' 0.0" N 64° 20' 0.0" W
5 50° 9' 0.0" N 64° 18' 0.0" W
6 50° 6' 39.1" N 64° 0' 0.0" W
7 49° 57' 8.6" N 64° 0' 0.0" W
8 49° 58' 0.0" N 64° 6' 0.0" W
9 49° 58' 0.0" N 64° 19' 0.0" W
10 49° 55' 36.0" N 64° 30' 0.0" W
11 49° 52' 0.0" N 64° 35' 0.0" W
12 49° 50' 0.0" N 64° 32' 30.0" W
13 49° 50' 0.0" N 64° 40' 0.0" W
14 50° 15' 40.0" N 64° 40' 0.0" W
15 50° 16' 0.0" N 64° 36' 0.0" W
16 50° 15' 0.0" N 64° 33' 0.0" W
17 50° 11' 0.0" N 64° 33' 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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