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PRESENCE OF NORTH ATLANTIC RIGHT WHALE : NOTICE OF FISHERIES CLOSURES

 

SUBJECTS: PRESENCE OF NORTH ATLANTIC RIGHT WHALE : NOTICE OF FISHERIES CLOSURES

 

Québec– May 20,2018

Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Quebec Region is providing a notice of fisheries closures due to the presence of at least two North Atlantic Right Whales (NARW).

The following grids will be closed: GW38, GW39, GW40, GX38, GX39 and GX40.

The closures will take effect on May 22, 2018 at 15:00 Eastern Daylight Time (ADT). All gear must be removed from the closed area before the time of closure.

The closures will be in effect for the following fisheries where the fishing seasons are currently opened: snow crab, toad crab, rock crab, lobster and whelk. Closures will also be in effect for winter flounder (fixed gear) and Atlantic halibut (fixed gear) and Greenland halibut (fixed gear).

The closures will remain in effect until further notice. In the event that areas are reopened, DFO will inform industry prior to their reopening.

Furthermore, it is reminded that it is the responsibility of the licence holder to take into account the marine safety notices issued, among 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 a safe fishery.

The coordinates representing the closed area are listed below: 

Points

Position

Lat. North

Long. West

1

48° 20' 00"

63° 50' 00"

2

48° 20' 00"

63° 20' 00"

3

48° 00' 00"

63° 20' 00"

4

48° 00' 00"

63° 50' 00"

5

48° 20' 00"

63° 50' 00"

Point references are based on the geodesic system North American Datum 1983 (NAD83). Positions are expressed in degrees, minutes and seconds.

 

Map identifying the grid closures in the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence due to the presence of NARW.

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