Notices to Fish Harvesters

Greenland Halibut (turbot) - 4RST - Gaspe-Lower St. Lawrence - Fixed Gear less than 13,71m - Competitive

Notice to Fish Harvesters - 2017-09-12


temporary modification of groundfish fishing areas

 

QUEBEC CITY ― September 12, 2017

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) is temporarily modifying the groundfish fishing areas in order to prohibit fishing activities conducted using fixed gear (longlines and gillnets) in areas currently frequented by North Atlantic Right Whales.

The right whale is an endangered species designated under the Species at Risk Actof Canada. The population is estimated to contain approximately 500 individuals. Given that entanglement in fishing gear presents a significant threat to the right whale population, the DFO is committed to implementing measures that will minimize risks to this species.

Four areas where right whales have recently been observed will be closed to groundfish fishing activities using fixed gear starting on Friday September 15 at 12:01AM. This management measure will be in place as long as right whales are being reported in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Please consult the coordinates of the temporarily closed areas in the Appendix. The position and continuation of these closures, or the addition of other closures, will be re-evaluated regularly.

Other management measures remain unchanged.

Additionally, the Department reminds fishers participating in post-season surveys or in scientific surveys that fishing gear set in the temporarily closed areas cannot be left unattended without supervision. When right whales are observed in a fishing sector, permit holders must move their fishing gear to another sector where right whales have not been recently observed.

The Department also wishes to remind permit holders to not attempt to free by themselves any whale found entangled in fishing gear. All right whale observations must be reported as quickly as possible to the Marine Mammal Emergencies Network at 1-877-722-5346 and recorded in the appropriate section of the Logbook.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada is committed to ensuring the protection, conservation and recovery of the right whale, as well as an environmentally-friendly fishing industry.

 

For additional information, please contact:

Denis Gros-Louis

Director, Resource Management, Aquaculture and Aboriginal Affairs Directorate

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Quebec City


Appendix : Coordinates for temporarily closed fishing areas (delineated by lines connecting the following points in the order they are listed)  

 

Polygon

Point

Latitude (N)

Longitude (W)

1

1

49° 58' 20.000"

64° 44' 27.000"

1

2

49° 57' 36.000"

64° 23' 50.000"

1

3

50° 07' 04.000"

64° 22' 49.000"

1

4

50° 07' 20.000"

64° 43' 55.000"

1

1

49° 58' 20.000"

64° 44' 27.000"

 

2

1

49° 22' 16.000"

66° 11' 13.000"

2

2

49° 22' 55.000"

65° 22' 54.000"

2

3

49° 28' 52.000"

65° 23' 0.000"

2

4

49° 30' 23.000"

66° 10' 43.000"

2

1

49° 22' 16.000"

66° 11' 13.000"

 

3

1

48° 08' 22.000"

64° 12' 54.000"

3

2

48° 05' 48.000"

63° 34' 21.000"

3

3

48° 32' 20.000"

63° 10' 05.000"

3

4

48° 46' 06.000"

63° 08' 19.000"

3

5

48° 47' 45.000"

63° 23' 02.000"

3

6

48° 39' 23.000"

64° 09' 52.000"

3

1

48° 08' 22.000"

64° 12' 54.000"

 

4

1

48° 11' 01.000"

64° 37' 46.000"

4

2

48° 09' 43.000"

64° 24' 31.000"

4

3

48° 17' 04.000"

64° 18' 16.000"

4

4

48° 20' 28.000"

64° 27' 53.000"

4

1

48° 11' 01.000"

64° 37' 46.000"


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