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PRESENCE OF NORTH ATLANTIC RIGHT WHALE: NOTICE OF FISHERIES CLOSURES - 2018-09-07

Québec– September 7th, 2018

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

The following grids will be closed: GX41, GX42 and GX43.

The closure will take effect on September 9, 2018 at 5:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).All gear must be removed from the closed area before the time of closure.

Please note that grids GK34 (portion), GK35 (portion), GL34, GL35, GM34 (portion), GM35 (portion), GU36 (portion), GU37 (portion), GU38 (portion), GV36, GV37, GV38, GW36, GW37, GW38, GW39, GW40, GX37 GX38, GX39, GX40, GY42, GY43, GZ42, GZ43, HA42 and HA43 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 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, GX37, GX38, GX39, GX40, GX41, GX42, GX43, GY42, GY43, GZ42, GZ43, HA42 and HA43.

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° 10' 00"

63° 20' 00"

8

48° 10' 00"

62° 50' 00"

9

47° 30' 00"

62° 50' 00"

10

47° 30' 00"

63° 10' 00"

11

48° 00' 00"

63° 10' 00"

12

48° 00' 00"

64° 00' 00"

13

48° 10' 00"

64° 00' 00"

14

48° 10' 00"

64° 10' 00"

15

48° 33' 26"

64° 10' 00"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Area enclosed by the coastlines and rhumb lines (similar to straight lines plotted on a nautical chart) joining the points listed above in the order they are listed. 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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