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PRESENCE OF NORTH ATLANTIC RIGHT WHALE: NOTICE OF FISHERIES CLOSURES AND REOPENING 2018-08-20

Québec– August 20th, 2018

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

The following grids will be closed: GK34 (portion), GK35 (portion), GL34, GL35, GM34 (portion), GM35 (portion), GY42, GY43, GZ42, GZ43 and HA42.The closure will take effect on August 22, 2018 at 4:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).All gear must be removed from the closed areas before the time of closure.

The following grids will be opening: GV39 and GV40 (portion) on August 20, 2018 at 16:00 Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Please note that grids GU36 (portion), GU37 (portion), GU38 (portion), GV36, GV37, GV38, GW36, GW37, GW38, GW39, GW40, GX36, GX37 GX38, GX39, GX40, HA43, HA44, HA45, HB43, HB44, HB45, HC43 (portion), HC44 (portion) and HC45 (portion) 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, whelk, Greenland halibut (fixed gear), cod (fixed gear) and winter flounder (fixed gear). Closures will also be in effect for Atlantic halibut (fixed gear), Mackerel (gillnets), and Herring (gillnets) when gears are left unattended.

DFO asks licence holders to be watchful during their fishing activities regarding the arrival of North Atlantic Right Whales. 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 gridsGV39 and GV40 (portion) are listed below:

Points

Positions

Lat. N

Long. W

1

48° 30' 00"

63° 40' 00"

2

48° 30' 00"

63° 22' 54"

3

48° 28' 56"

63° 20' 00"

4

48° 20' 00"

63° 20' 00"

5

48° 20' 00"

63° 40' 00"

6

48° 30' 00"

63° 40' 00"

 

The coordinates representing the contours of closed areas (in red) are listed below: 

Grids GK34 (portion), GK35 (portion), GL34, GL35, GM34 (portion) and GM35 (portion).

Points

Positions

Lat. N

Long. W

1

50° 18' 57.2"

64° 28' 57''

2

50° 16' 3.63"

64° 09' 58.44"

3

49° 57' 2.83"

64° 09' 52.67"

4

49° 55' 12"

64° 23' 32"

5

49° 56' 05"

64° 28' 54"

6

50° 18' 57.2"

64°28' 57''

 

Grids GU36 (portion), GU37 (portion), GU38 (portion), GV36, GV37, GV38, GW36, GW37, GW38, GW39, GW40, GX36, GX37, GX38, GX39 and GX40.

Points

Positions

Lat. N

Long. W

1

48° 33' 26"

64° 10' 00"

2

48°40' 00"

63° 56' 36"

3

48°40' 00"

63° 50' 10"

4

48°36' 16"

63° 40' 00"

5

48° 20' 00"

63° 40' 00"

6

48° 20' 00"

63° 20' 00"

7

48° 00' 00"

63° 20' 00"

8

48° 00' 00"

64° 10' 00"

9

48° 33' 26"

64° 10' 00"

 

Grids GY42, GY43, GZ42, GZ43, HA42, HA43, HA44, HA45, HB43, HB44, HB45, HC43 (portion), HC44 (portion) and HC45 (portion).

Points

Positions

Lat. N

Long. W

1

48° 00' 00"

63° 10' 00"

2

48° 00' 00"

62° 50' 00"

3

47° 40' 00"

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