Notices to Fish Harvesters

Halibut - 4RST - Gaspe-Lower St. Lawrence - Fixed Gear less than 13,71m - Competitive - Others Group A127

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Québec– June 16, 2018

Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Quebec Region is providing a notice of a new temporary fisheries closures of a fishing area due to the confirmed presence of at least one North Atlantic Right Whale (NARW). 

The following grids will be closed: GU36 (portion), GU37 (portion), GT37 (portion).


The closures will take effect on June 19, 2018 at 15:00 Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). DFO is extending the delay of closure by 24 hours due to the predicted high winds and providing a 72 hours advanced notice to licence holders to retrieve gear from the areas that will be closing. All gear must be removed from the closed area before the time of closure.

As announced in the Notice to Fish Harvesters on June 14, 2018, the closures of grids GV32, GV33, GV34, GV35, GW32, GW33, GW34, GX32, GX33, GX34 will take effect on June 17th, 2018 at 11:00 Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). 

Please note that grids GU38 (portion), GU39 (portion), GU40 (portion), GV36, GV37, GV38, GV39, GV40 (portion), GW35, GW36, GW37, GW38, GW39, GW40, GX35, GX36, GX37 and GX38 also remain closed.


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

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 contours of closed area (in red) are listed below: 




Lat. North

Long. West


48°30' 00"

64°13' 51.2"


48°30' 00"

64°10' 00"


48°33' 26.3"

64°10' 00"


48°41' 21"

63°53' 50.8"


48°28' 56.3"

63°20' 00"


48° 10' 00"

63°20' 00"


48° 10' 00"

63° 40' 00"


48° 00' 00"

63° 40' 00"


48°00' 00"

64°50' 00"


48°11' 48.8"

64°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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