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CAUTION NOTICE - PRESENCE OF NORTH ATLANTIC RIGHT WHALES OUTSIDE POTENTIAL FEEDING AREAS - JULY 20, 2018

 

Québec – July 20, 2018

 

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) has confirmed the presence of North Atlantic right whales outside potential feeding areas in the following fishing area : Parent Bank. Areas situated outside potential feeding areas are not subject to the temporary closure protocol.

DFO is asking licence holders to be vigilant during their fishing activities in the potential presence of North Atlantic right whales in their areas. When it is possible and safe to do so, DFO encourages licence holders to remove their fishing gear in areas where right whales are present and move to areas where whales have not been observed. 

Regular updates and maps of right whale sightings are published on the following website:http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/species-especes/mammals-mammiferes/narightwhale-baleinenoirean/alert-alerte/index-eng.html.

 

The Department reminds licence holders to not attempt to free by themselves any whale found entangled in fishing gear. However, 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.

 

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 more information

More information about management measures and fishing areas is available on our website at http://www.qc.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/peches-fisheries/commerciale-commercial/index-eng.html. 

 

 

Maryse Lemire

Regional Director

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Québec, Quebec

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