North Atlantic Right Whales - Notice of grid closing : GX46, GX47(portion), GX48, GW47, GW48, GY47, GY48

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 grid will be closing on August 10, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Atlantic Daylight Time (ADT):

  • Full grid GX46, GX48, GW47, GW48, GY47, GY48
  • Portion of grid GX47

DFO is providing a 48 hours advanced notice and extending the delay of the fishery closure by 24 hours for a total of 72 hours due to the predicted high winds. All non-tended gear must be removed from the closed area before the time of closure.

As previously announced, the following grids will be closing on August 8, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Atlantic Daylight Time (ADT):

  • Full grid GV42

Please note that the following grids remain closed:

  • Full grids GL33, GL34, GU37, GU38, GU40, GU41, GV37, GV38, GV39, GV40, GV41, GV42, GW38, GW39, GW40, GW41, GW42, GW44, GW46, GX38, GX39, GX40, GX41, GX42, GX44, GY38, GY39, GY40, GY41, GY42, GY44, GY45, GY46, GZ38, GZ39, HA40, HA42, HA43, HA44, HA45, HB43, HB44, HB45, HC43, HC44, HC45
  • Portions of gridsGK33, GK34, GK35, GL35, GM33, GM34, GM35, GM36, GT37, GV43, GW43 GW45, GX47

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 grids closed under the Fisheries dynamic management protocol (the large western portion connecting the eastern grids in red) are listed below:


Points

Position*

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° 20' 0.0" W

5

47° 30' 0.0" N

63° 20' 0.0" W

6

47° 30' 0.0" N

63° 30' 0.0" W

7

47° 40' 0.0" N

63° 30' 0.0" W

8

47° 40' 0.0" N

63° 50' 0.0" W

9

48° 20' 0.0" N

63° 50' 0.0" W

10

48° 20' 0.0" N

64° 0' 0.0" W

11

48° 40' 0.0" N

64° 0' 0.0" W

12

48° 40' 0.0" N

63° 56' 36.3" W

13

48° 41' 21.0" N

63° 53' 51.0" W

14

48° 39' 56.4" N

63° 50' 0.0" W

15

48° 40' 0.0" N

63° 50' 0.0" W

16

48° 40' 0.0" N

63° 40' 0.0" W

17

48° 30' 0.0" N

63° 40' 0.0" W

18

48° 30' 0.0" N

63° 30' 0.0" W

19

48° 40' 0.0" N

63° 30' 0.0" W

20

48° 40' 0.0" N

63° 10' 0.0" W

21

48° 30' 0.0" N

63° 10' 0.0" W

22

48° 30' 0.0" N

63° 0' 0.0" W

23

48° 21' 36.0" N

63° 0' 0.0" W

24

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

Position*

North Latitude

West Longitude

1

48° 0' 0.0" N

62° 20' 0.0" W

2

47° 50' 0.0" N

62° 0' 0.0" W

3

47° 50' 0.0" N

62° 20' 0.0" W

4

48° 0' 0.0" N

62° 20' 0.0" W

5

48° 0' 0.0" N

62° 10' 0.0" W

6

48° 3' 15.7" N

62° 10' 0.0" W

7

48° 6' 55.8" N

62° 20' 0.0" W

8

48° 0' 0.0" N

62° 20' 0.0" W

9

48° 0' 0.0" N

62° 30' 0.0" W

10

48° 10' 0.0" N

62° 30' 0.0" W

11

48° 10' 0.0" N

62° 20' 0.0" W

12

48° 20' 0.0" N

62° 20' 0.0" W

13

48° 20' 0.0" N

62° 0' 0.0" W

Coordinates of the grids located inside the closed zone (GX45 and portion of GW45) which remains open

Points

West Longitude

West Longitude

1

48° 10' 35.9" N

62° 30' 0.0" W

2

48° 0' 0.0" N

62° 30' 0.0" W

3

48° 0' 0.0" N

62° 40' 0.0" W

4

48° 14' 15.9" N

62° 40' 0.0" W

5

48° 10' 35.9" N

62° 30' 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

Position*

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


Points

Position*

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° 7' 57.4" N

64° 10' 0.0" W

7

50° 0' 0.0" N

64° 10' 0.0" W

8

50° 0' 0.0" N

64° 0' 0.0" W

9

49° 57' 8.6" N

64° 0' 0.0" W

10

49° 58' 0.0" N

64° 6' 0.0" W

11

49° 58' 0.0" N

64° 19' 0.0" W

12

49° 55' 36.0" N

64° 30' 0.0" W

13

49° 52' 0.0" N

64° 35' 0.0" W

14

49° 50' 0.0" N

64° 32' 30.0" W

15

49° 50' 0.0" N

64° 40' 0.0" W

16

50° 15' 40.0" N

64° 40' 0.0" W

17

50° 16' 0.0" N

64° 36' 0.0" W

18

50° 15' 0.0" N

64° 33' 0.0" W

19

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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