Notices to Fish Harvesters

Whelk - 15 - Magdalen Islands

PRESENCE OF NORTH ATLANTIC RIGHT WHALE: NOTICE OF FISHERIES CLOSURES AND REOPENING - 2019-06-04

Quebec– June 4, 2019

Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Quebec Region is providing a notice of a new temporary fisheries closures of fishing areas in the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence due to the confirmed presence of at least two North Atlantic Right Whale (NARW).

The closure is applied following a grid system (see map below). The following grids will be closed: GX38 and GX39.

The closures will take effect on June 6, 2019 at 4:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). All gear must be removed from the closed area before the time of closure.

Also, please be advised that GV43 (portion), will be opening on June 4, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

As previously announced, grids GX40, GX41, GY41, GY42, GZ41, GZ42, GZ43, HA41, HA42 and HA43 will also be closing at 4:00 p.m. on June 6, 2019.

Please note that grids GU37 (portion), GU38 (portion), GU39 (portion), GU40 (portion), GV37, GV38, GV39, GV40 (portion), GV41 (portion), GV42 (portion), GV44, GV45, GV46, GW38, GW39, GW40, GW41, GW42, GW43, GW44, GW45, GW46, GX42, GX43, GX44 GX45,GX46, GX47 (portion), GY43, GY44, GY45, GY46 and GY47 also 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 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 areas (in red) are listed below: 

Points

Position

Lat. North

Long. West

1

48° 21' 36.0"

63° 00' 00.0"

2

48° 20' 00.0"

63° 00' 00.0"

3

48° 20' 00.0"

62° 50' 00.0"

4

48° 30' 00.0"

62° 50' 00.0"

5

48° 30' 00.0"

62° 20' 00.0"

6

48° 06' 55.8"

62° 20' 00.0"

7

48° 03' 15.7"

62° 10' 00.0"

8

47° 50' 00.0"

62° 10' 00.0"

9

47° 50' 00.0"

62° 50' 00.0"

10

47° 30' 00.0"

62° 50' 00.0"

11

47° 30' 00.0"

63° 20' 00.0"

12

48° 00' 00.0"

63° 20' 00.0"

13

48° 00' 00.0"

63° 50' 00.0"

14

48° 20' 00.0"

63° 50' 00.0"

15

48° 20' 00.0"

64° 00' 00.0"

16

48° 38' 20.2"

64° 00' 00.0"

17

48° 40' 00.0"

63° 56' 36.3"

18

48° 40' 00.0"

63° 50' 00.0"

19

48° 21' 36.0"

63° 00' 00.0"

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.

For additional information

Regular updates and sightings mapsill be posted at the following address:

http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/species-especes/mammals-mammiferes/narightwhale-baleinenoirean/index-eng.html

 

Maryse Lemire

Regional Director, Fisheries Management

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Quebec (Québec)

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