Notices to Fish Harvesters

Halibut - 4RST - Gaspe-Lower St. Lawrence - Fixed Gear less than 13,71m - Competitive - Others Group A127

PRESENCE OF NORTH ATLANTIC RIGHT WHALE: NOTICE OF FISHERIES CLOSURES-2019-08-07

Quebec – August 7, 2019

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

The closure is applied following a grid system (see map below). The following grids will be closed: GW47, GW48, GX46, GX47 (portion), GX48, GY47 and GY48. The closure will take effect on August 10, 2019 at 4:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). All gear must be removed from the closed area before the time of closure.

As previously announced, grid GV42 (portion)will also be closing on August 8, 2019 at 16:00 pm EDT.

Please note that grids GK33 (portion), GK34 (portion), GK35 (portion), GL33, GL34, GL35 (portion), GM33 (portion), GM34 (portion), GM35 (portion), GM36 (portion), GT37 (portion), GU37, GU38, GU40, GU41, GV37, GV38, GV39, GV40, GV41, GV42 (portion), GV43 (portion), GW38, GW39, GW40, GW41, GW42, GW43 (portion), GW44, GW45 (portion), GW46, GX38, GX39, GX40, GX41, GX42, GX44, GX47 (portion), GY38, GY39, GY40, GY41, GY42, GY44, GY45, GY46, GZ38, GZ39, GZ40, HA40, HA42, HA43, HA44, HA45, HB43, HB44, HB45, HC43, HC44 and HC45 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.

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

Points

Positions

Latitude North

Longitude West

1

48° 20' 0.0"

62° 55' 38.2"

2

48° 20' 0.0"

63° 0' 0.0"

3

47° 50' 0.0"

63° 0' 0.0"

4

47° 50' 0.0"

63° 20' 0.0"

5

47° 30' 0.0"

63° 20' 0.0"

6

47° 30' 0.0"

63° 30' 0.0"

7

47° 40' 0.0"

63° 30' 0.0"

8

47° 40' 0.0"

63° 50' 0.0"

9

48° 20' 0.0"

63° 50' 0.0"

10

48° 20' 0.0"

64° 0' 0.0"

11

48° 40' 0.0"

64° 0' 0.0"

12

48° 40' 0.0"

63° 56' 36.3"

13

48° 41' 21.0"

63° 53' 51.0"

14

48° 39' 56.4"

63° 50' 0.0"

15

48° 40' 0.0"

63° 50' 0.0"

16

48° 40' 0.0"

63° 40' 0.0"

17

48° 30' 0.0"

63° 40' 0.0"

18

48° 30' 0.0"

63° 30' 0.0"

19

48° 40' 0.0"

63° 30' 0.0"

20

48° 40' 0.0"

63° 10' 0.0"

21

48° 30' 0.0"

63° 10' 0.0"

22

48° 30' 0.0"

63° 0' 0.0"

23

48° 21' 36.0"

63° 0' 0.0"

24

48° 20' 0.0"

62° 55' 38.2"

 

Points

Positions

Latitude North

Longitude West

1

48° 20' 0.0"

62° 0' 0.0"

2

47° 50' 0.0"

62° 0' 0.0"

3

47° 50' 0.0"

62° 50' 0.0"

4

48° 17' 56.0"

62° 50' 0.0"

5

48° 20' 0.0"

62° 55' 38.2"

6

48° 20' 0.0"

62° 0' 0.0"

The following points represent the coordinates of grids GX45 and GW45 (portion) which are the only open grids surrounded by closed grids:

Points

Position

Latitude North

Longitude West

1

48° 10' 35.9"

62° 30' 0.0"

2

48° 0' 0.0"

62° 30' 0.0"

3

48° 0' 0.0"

62° 40' 0.0"

4

48° 14' 15.9"

62° 40' 0.0"

5

48° 10' 35.9"

62° 30' 0.0"

 

Points

Positions

Latitude North

Longitude West

1

47° 40' 0.0"

62° 30' 0.0"

2

47° 10' 0.0"

62° 30' 0.0"

3

47° 10' 0.0"

63° 0' 0.0"

4

47° 30' 0.0"

63° 0' 0.0"

5

47° 30' 0.0"

63° 10' 0.0"

6

47° 40' 0.0"

63° 10' 0.0"

7

47° 40' 0.0"

62° 30' 0.0"

 

Points

Position

Latitude North

Longitude West

1

50° 11' 0.0"

64° 33' 0.0"

2

50° 11' 0.0"

64° 29' 0.0"

3

50° 15' 0.0"

64° 29' 0.0"

4

50° 14' 0.0"

64° 20' 0.0"

5

50° 9' 0.0"

64° 18' 0.0"

6

50° 7' 57.4"

64° 10' 0.0"

7

50° 0' 0.0"

64° 10' 0.0"

8

50° 0' 0.0"

64° 0' 0.0"

9

49° 57' 8.6"

64° 0' 0.0"

10

49° 58' 0.0"

64° 6' 0.0"

11

49° 58' 0.0"

64° 19' 0.0"

12

49° 55' 36.0"

64° 30' 0.0"

13

49° 52' 0.0"

64° 35' 0.0"

14

49° 50' 0.0"

64° 32' 30.0"

15

49° 50' 0.0"

64° 40' 0.0"

16

50° 15' 40.0"

64° 40' 0.0"

17

50° 16' 0.0"

64° 36' 0.0"

18

50° 15' 0.0"

64° 33' 0.0"

19

50° 11' 0.0"

64° 33' 0.0"

 

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

Points

Position

Latitude North

Latitude 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 maps will 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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