Notices to Fish Harvesters

Greenland Halibut (turbot) - 4RST - Gaspe-Lower St. Lawrence - Fixed Gear 13.71m and over - ITQ - Others Group

SUBJECTS: NORTH ATLANTIC RIGHT WHALE: NOTICE OF REOPENING OF GRIDS - 2019-10-09

Quebec – October 9, 2019

Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Quebec Region is providing a notice to announce the reopening of grids GK32 (portion), GK33 (portion), GK34 (portion), GK35 (portion), GL32, GL33, GL34, GL35 (portion), GM32, GM33 (portion), GM34 (portion), GM35 (portion) and GU35 (portion) on October 9, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Please note that grids GV41, GV42, GW39, GW40, GW41, GW42, GX39, GX40, GX41, GX42, GY39, GY40, GY41, GY42, HA41, HB41, HB44, HB45, HB46, HC41, HC44, HC45, HC46, HC57, HC58, HC59, HD42, HD43, HD44, HD45, HD46, HD47 (portion), HD48 (portion), HD49 (portion), HD57 (portion), HD58 (portion), HD59, HE42, HE43, HE44, HE45, HE46, HE47, HE48, HE49, HE57 (portion), HE58 (portion), HE59 (portion), HF42, HF43, HF44, HF45, HF46, HF47, HF48, HF49, HG45 (portion), HG46 (portion) and HG47 (portion) 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:

Grids GV41, GV42, GW39, GW40, GW41, GW42, GX39, GX40, GX41, GX42, GY39, GY40, GY41 and GY42

Points

Positions

Latitude North

Longitude West

1

47° 50' 0.0"

63° 40' 0.0"

2

48° 20' 0.0"

63° 40' 0.0"

3

48° 20' 0.0"

63° 20' 0.0"

4

48° 30' 0.0"

63° 20' 0.0"

5

48° 30' 0.0"

63° 0' 0.0"

6

47° 50' 0.0"

63° 0' 0.0"

7

47° 50' 0.0"

63° 40' 0.0"

 

Grids HA41, HB41 and HC41

Points

Positions

Latitude North

Longitude West

1

47° 40' 0.0"

63° 20' 0.0"

2

47° 40' 0.0"

63° 10' 0.0"

3

47° 10' 0.0"

63° 10' 0.0"

4

47° 10' 0.0"

63° 20' 0.0"

5

47° 40' 0.0"

63° 20' 0.0"

 

Grids HB44, HB45, HB46, HC44, HC45, HC46, HD42, HD43, HD44, HD45, HD46, HD47 (portion), HD48 (portion), HD49 (portion), HE42, HE43, HE44, HE45, HE46, HE47, HE48, HE49, HF42, HF43, HF44, HF45, HF46, HF47, HF48, HF49, HG45 (portion), HG46 (portion) and HG47 (portion).

Points

Positions

Latitude North

Longitude West

1

47° 30' 0.0"

62° 20' 0.0"

2

47° 10' 0.0"

62° 20' 0.0"

3

47° 10' 0.0"

62° 17' 0.0"

4

47° 9' 0.0"

62° 16' 0.0"

5

47° 3' 0.0"

61° 52' 0.0"

6

47° 1' 20.0"

61° 50' 0.0"

7

46° 40' 0.0"

61° 50' 0.0"

8

46° 40' 0.0"

62° 10' 0.0"

9

46° 33' 0.0"

62° 10' 0.0"

10

46° 33' 0.0"

62° 34' 0.0"

11

46° 32' 37.5"

62° 40' 0.0"

12

46° 40' 0.0"

62° 40' 0.0"

13

46° 40' 0.0"

63° 10' 0.0"

14

47° 10' 0.0"

63° 10' 0.0"

15

47° 10' 0.0"

62° 50' 0.0"

16

47° 30' 0.0"

62° 50' 0.0"

17

47° 30' 0.0"

62° 20' 0.0"

 

Grids HC57, HC58, HC59, HD57 (portion), HD58 (portion), HD59, HE57 (portion), HE58 (portion) and HE59 (portion).

Points

Positions

Latitude North

Longitude West

1

46° 57' 8.6"

60° 10' 0.0"

2

46° 51' 9.7"

60° 18' 22.5"

3

46° 58' 51.1"

60° 40' 0.0"

4

47° 20' 0.0"

60° 40' 0.0"

5

47° 20' 0.0"

60° 10' 0.0"

6

46° 57' 8.6"

60° 10' 0.0"

 

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 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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