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PRESENCE OF NORTH ATLANTIC RIGHT WHALE: NOTICE OF FISHERIES CLOSURES AN REOPENING

Québec– September 17th, 2018

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) - 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: GX44, GX45, GY44, GY45, GZ44 and GZ45. The closure will take effect on September 21, 2018 at 4:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). DFO is extending the delay of closure by 48 hours due to the predicted high winds and providing a 96 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.

DFO - Quebec Region is also providing a notice to announce the reopening of grids GU36 (portion), GU37 (portion), GU38 (portion), GV36, GV37, GV38, GW36, GW37 and GW38  on September 17, 2018 at 16:00 Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Please note that grids GV39, GV40 (portion), GV41 (portion), GW39, GW40, GW41, GW42, GW43 (portion), GX39, GX40, GX41, GX42, GX43, GY42, GY43, GZ42, GZ43, HA42, HA43, HB42 and HB43 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 grids GU36 (portion), GU37 (portion), GU38 (portion), GV36, GV37, GV38, GW36, GW37 and GW38are listed below:

Points

Positions

Lat. N

Long. W

1

48° 33' 26.3"

64° 10' 00"

2

48°40' 00"

63° 56' 36.259"

3

48°40' 00"

63° 50' 10"

4

48°36' 16.391"

63° 40' 00"

5

48°10' 00"

63° 40' 00"

6

48°10' 00"

64° 10' 00"

7

48° 33' 26.3"

64° 10' 00"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The coordinates representing the contour of the closed area (in red) are listed below:

Grids GV39, GV40 (portion), GV41 (portion), GW39, GW40, GW41, GW42, GW43 (portion), GX39, GX40, GX41, GX42, GX43, GY42, GY43, GZ42, GZ43, HA42, HA43, HB42 et HB43.

Date modified: 

Points

Positions

Lat. N

Long. W

1

48°30' 00"

63°40' 00"

2

48°30' 00"

63°22' 53.587"

3

48°25' 16"

63°10' 00"

4

48°20' 00"

63°10' 00"

5

48°20' 00"

62°55' 35"

6

48°17' 56"

62°50' 00"

7

48°10' 00"

62°50' 00"

8

48°10' 00"

62°30' 00"

9

47°40' 00"

62°30' 00"

10

47°40' 00"

62°50' 00"

11

47°20' 00"

62°50' 00"

12

47°20' 00"

63°10' 00"

13

48°00' 00"

63°10' 00"

14

48°00' 00"

63°40' 00"