Notices to Fish Harvesters

Greenland Halibut (turbot) - 4RST - Lower North Shore - Zones 4RST (ITQ and outside the program)

PRESENCE OF NORTH ATLANTIC RIGHT WHALE: NOTICE OF FISHERIES CLOSURES

Quebec– May 14, 2019

Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Quebec Region is providing a notice of a new temporary fisheries closures of a fishing area in the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence due to the confirmed presence of three or more North Atlantic Right Whale (NARW) outside the dynamic zone.

The closure is applied following a grid system (see map below). The following grids will be closed: GU42, GU43, GU44, GV42, GV43, GV44, GV45 , GW42, GW43. GW44, GW45, GX43, GX44, GX45. 

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. The closures will take effect on May 17, 2019 at 4:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). All gear must be removed from the closed area before the time of closure.

 

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:

Points

Position

Lat. North

Long. West

1

48° 40' 00"

62° 40' 00"

2

48° 30' 00"

62° 40' 00"

3

48° 30' 00"

62° 30' 00"

4

48° 00' 00"

62° 30' 00"

5

48° 00' 00"

63° 00' 00"

6

48° 10' 00"

63° 00' 00"

7

48° 10' 00"

63° 10' 00"

8

48° 40' 00"

63° 10' 00"

9

48° 40' 00"

62° 40' 00"

Area enclosed by 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.

 

The coordinates representing the contour of the closed static area are listed below:

Points

Positions

Lat. North

Long. West

1

48° 20' 00"

63° 50' 00"

2

47° 40' 00"

63° 50' 00"

3

47° 40' 00"

64° 00' 00"

4

47° 30' 00"

64° 00' 00"

5

47° 30' 00"

64° 20' 00"

6

47° 50' 00"

64° 20' 00"

7

48° 00' 00"

64° 10' 00"

8

48° 10' 00"

64° 10' 00"

9

48° 10' 00"

64° 00' 00"

10

48° 20' 00"

64° 00' 00"

11

48° 20' 00"

63° 50' 00"

Area enclosed by 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.