Notices to Fish Harvesters
Halibut - 4RST - Magdalen Islands
Notice to Fish Harvesters 2017-08-03
4RST ATLANTIC HALIBUT FISHERY
FIXED GEAR FLEET OF LESS THAN 19.81 METRES
FROM the MAGDALEN ISLANDS
MAGDALEN ISLANDS – August 03,2017
Since the beginning of the summer, the North Atlantic right whale typically found in the waters of the Bay of Fundy and the Scotian Shelf has appeared in great numbers in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The right whale is listed as an endangered species under the Species at Risk Act. Their population is estimated to contain approximately 500 individuals.
Following the recent right whales deaths in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence, additional measures must be taken to protect this endangered species. Fisheries and Oceans Canada – Quebec Region informs permit holders that an additional clause has been added to their conditions of licence, prohibiting the setting of fishing gear where right whales have recently been observed. Furthermore, set fishing gear must be retrieved when right whales are observed in the same zone.
Despite this additional measure, if any whale is observed entangled in fishing gear, the Department reminds permit holders to not attempt to free the whale themselves. All observed deceased whales or whales in distress must be reported as soon as possible to the Marine Mammal Emergencies network at 1-877-722-5346 and noted in the appropriate section of the logbook.
For additional information:
Please contact 418-986-2095
Area Director (interim)
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
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