North Atlantic Right Whales - Notice of grid closing and re-opening: GL31, GM31, GW34, GW35, HA37, HA38, HA39, GK31, GU35, GV33, GV34, GV35, GW33, GV37, GV38

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 well as notice of reopening of grids that were previously closed due to the presence of North Atlantic Right Whales (NARW).

As per the Fisheries Dynamic Management Protocol, the following grids will be closing on August 14, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Atlantic Daylight Time (ADT):

  • Full grid GW34, GW35, HA37, HA38, HA39
  • Portion of grid GU35, GV33, GV34, GV35, GW33

DFO is providing a 48 hours advanced notice of a fishery closure. All non-tended gear must be removed from the closed area before the time of closure.

As per the Fisheries Dynamic Management Protocol, the following grids will be closing on August 15, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Atlantic Daylight Time (ADT):

  • Full grids GL31, GM31
  • Portion of grid GK31

DFO is providing a 72 hour 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.

As per the Fisheries Dynamic Management Protocol, the following grids will be reopening as of August 12, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Atlantic Daylight Time (ADT):

  • Full grid GV37, GV38

Please note that the following grids remain closed:

  • Full grid GM32, GL32, GL33, GL34, GU37, GU38, GU40, GU41, GV37, GV38, GV39, GV40, GV41, GV42, GW38, GW39, GW40, GW41, GW42, GW46, GW47, GW48, GX38, GX39, GX40, GX41, GX42, GX46, GX47, GX48, GY38, GY39, GY40, GY41, GY46, GY47, GY48, GZ38, GZ39, GZ40, HA40, HB43, HB44, HB45, HC43, HC44, HC45
  • Portion of grid GK32, GK33, GK34, GK35, GL35, GM33, GM34, GM35, GT37

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 area touching the coastline south of the Gaspé Peninsula) are listed below:

Points Positions*
North Latitude West Longitude
1 48° 40' 0.0" N 64° 14' 0.6" W
2 48° 40' 0.0" N 64° 10' 0.0" W
3 48° 10' 0.0" N 64° 10' 0.0" W
4 48° 10' 0.0" N 64° 40' 0.0" W
5 48° 20' 46.3" N 64° 40' 0.0" W

*Area enclosed by the coastlines and 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 large western portion) are listed below:

Points Positions*
North Latitude West Longitude
1 48° 30' 0.0" N 63° 40' 0.0" W
2 48° 30' 0.0" N 63° 30' 0.0" W
3 48° 40' 0.0" N 63° 30' 0.0" W
4 48° 40' 0.0" N 63° 10' 0.0" W
5 48° 30' 0.0" N 63° 10' 0.0" W
6 48° 30' 0.0" N 63° 0' 0.0" W
7 48° 00' 0.0" N 63° 0' 0.0" W
8 48° 00' 0.0" N 63° 10' 0.0" W
9 47° 50' 0.0" N 63° 10' 0.0" W
10 47° 50' 0.0" N 63° 20' 0.0" W
11 47° 30' 0.0" N 63° 20' 0.0" W
12 47° 30' 0.0" N 64° 00' 0.0" W
13 47° 40' 0.0" N 64° 00' 0.0" W
14 47° 40' 0.0" N 63° 50' 0.0" W
15 48° 20' 0.0" N 63° 50' 0.0" W
16 48° 20' 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 64° 00' 0.0" W
19 48° 40' 0.0" N 64° 00' 0.0" W
20 48° 40' 0.0" N 63° 56' 36.3" W
21 48° 41' 21.0" N 63° 53' 51.0" W
22 48° 39' 56.4" N 63° 50' 0.0" W
23 48° 40' 0.0" N 63° 50' 0.0" W
24 48° 40' 0.0" N 63° 40' 0.0" W
25 48° 30' 0.0" N 63° 40' 0.0" W

The coordinates representing the contour of grids closed under the Fisheries dynamic management protocol (the zone located the furthest to the east) are listed below:

Points Positions*
North Latitude West Longitude
1 48° 20' 0.0" N 62° 0' 0.0" W
2 47° 50' 0.0" N 62° 0' 0.0" W
3 47° 50' 0.0" N 62° 30' 0.0" W
4 48° 20' 0.0" N 62° 30' 0.0" W
5 48° 20' 0.0" N 62° 0' 0.0" W

The coordinates representing the contour of grids closed under the Fisheries dynamic management protocol (the eastern portion of grids in red to the left of the Magdalen Islands) are listed below:

Points Positions*
North Latitude West Longitude
1 47° 30' 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° 00' 0.0" W
4 47° 30' 0.0" N 63° 00' 0.0" W
5 47° 30' 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 Positions*
North Latitude West Longitude
1 50° 15' 0.0" N 64° 33' 0.0" W
2 50° 11' 0.0" N 64° 33' 0.0" W
3 50° 11' 0.0" N 64° 29' 0.0" W
4 50° 15' 0.0" N 64° 29' 0.0" W
5 50° 14' 0.0" N 64° 20' 0.0" W
6 50° 9' 0.0" N 64° 18' 0.0" W
7 50° 7' 57.4" N 64° 10' 0.0" W
8 49° 58' 0.0" N 64° 10' 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 65° 0' 0.0" W
14 50° 14' 36.0" N 65° 0' 0.0" W
15 50° 14' 0.0" N 64° 57' 0.0" W
16 50° 15' 0.0" N 64° 48' 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

*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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