North Atlantic Right Whales - Notice of grid closure: GU39, GU40, GU41, GV37, GW34, GW35, GW36, GV33, GV34, GV35, GV36, GX35

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) – The Gulf and Quebec Regions are providing notice for the reopening of grids that were previously closed due to the presence of North Atlantic Right Whales (NARW).

As per the Fisheries Dynamic Management Protocol, the following grids will be reopening on September 4, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Atlantic Daylight Time (ADT):

  • Full grids GU39, GU40, GU41, GV37, GW34, GW35, GW36
  • Portions of grids GV33, GV34, GV35, GV36, GX35

As previously announced, the following grids will be closing on September 6, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Atlantic Daylight Time (ADT):

  • Full grids GN25, GN26, GN27, GO25, GO26, GO27, GP25, GP26, GP27

Please note that the following grids remain closed:

  • Full grids GL32, GL33, GL34, GM32, GV39, GV40, GV41, GV42, GW38, GW39, GW40, GW41, GW42, GX38, GX39, GX40, GX41, GX42, GY38, GY39, GY40, GY41, GY42, GZ38, GZ39, GZ40, HA39, HA40, HA41, HB39, HB40, HB41, HC39, HC40, HC41, HE54, HQ22, HQ23, HR22, HR23, HS22, HS23
  • Portions of grids GK32, GK33, GK34, GK35, GL35, GL36, GM33, GM34, GM35, GM36, GU35, GW32, GW33, GX31, GX32, GX33, GY31, GY32, HE55, HE56, HF54, HF55, HF56, HG54, HG55, HP20, HP21, HP22, HQ20, HQ21, HR20, HR21, HS21, HT21, HT22

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 are in effect for the following fisheries where the fishing seasons are currently opened:

  • in Gulf and Quebec Regions:  snow crab, toad crab, rock crab, lobster, whelk, Greenland halibut (fixed gear) and winter flounder (fixed gear). Closures will also be in effect for Atlantic halibut (fixed gear), mackerel (gillnet) and herring (gillnet) when gear is left unattended.
  • in Maritimes Region: crab, herring (gillnet), mackerel (gillnet), groundfish (fixed gear), hagfish, lobster.

DFO asks licence holders to be vigilant during fishing activities concerning the presence of North Atlantic Right Whales. Furthermore, please be reminded that it is the responsibility of the licence holder to take into account the marine safety notices issued, amongst 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 safe fishing operations.

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

Points Positions*
North Latitude West Longitude
1 48° 20' 0" N 63° 50' 0" W
2 47° 40' 0" N 63° 50' 0" W
3 47° 40' 0" N 64° 00' 0" W
4 47° 30' 0" N 64° 00' 0" W
5 47° 30' 0" N 64° 20' 0" W
6 47° 50' 0" N 64° 20' 0" W
7 48° 00' 0" N 64° 10' 0" W
8 48° 10' 0" N 64° 10' 0" W
9 48° 10' 0" N 64° 00' 0" W
10 48° 20' 0" N 64° 00' 0" W
11 48° 20' 0" N 63° 50' 0" W

The coordinates representing the contour of the Fisheries Dynamic Management Protocol closure north of Anticosti Island are listed below:

Points Positions*
North Latitude West Longitude
1 50° 15' 0.0" N 64° 33' 0.0" W
2 50° 11' 0.0" N 64° 33' 0.0" W
3 50° 11' 0.0" N 64° 29' 0.0" W
4 50° 15' 0.0" N 64° 29' 0.0" W
5 50° 14' 0.0" N 64° 20' 0.0" W
6 50° 09' 0.0" N 64° 18' 0.0" W
7 50° 06' 39.1" N 64° 00' 0.0" W
8 49° 57' 8.6" N 64° 00' 0.0" W
9 49° 58' 0.0" N 64° 06' 0.0" W
10 49° 58' 0.0" N 64° 19' 0.0" W
11 49° 55' 36.0" N 64° 30' 0.0" W
12 49° 52' 0.0" N 64° 35' 0.0" W
13 49° 50' 0.0" N 64° 32' 30.0" W
14 49° 50' 0.0" N 64° 50' 0.0" W
15 50° 14' 46.7" N 64° 50' 0.0" W
16 50° 15' 0.0" N 64° 48' 0.0" W
17 50° 16' 0.0" N 64° 36' 0.0" W
18 50° 15' 0.0" N 64° 33' 0.0" W

The coordinates representing the contour of grids closed under the Fisheries dynamic management protocol near the entrance of the St Lawrence River above Mont-Saint-Pierre are listed below:

Points Positions*
North Latitude West Longitude
1 49° 50' 0.0" N 65° 30' 0.0" W
2 49° 20' 0.0" N 65° 30' 0.0" W
3 49° 20' 0.0" N 66° 0' 0.0" W
4 49° 50' 0.0" N 66° 0' 0.0" W
5 49° 50' 0.0" N 65° 30' 0.0" W

The coordinates representing the contour of the Fisheries Dynamic Management Protocol closure for grid GU35 (two small portions, adjacent to the Gaspésie, from the 20 fathom shallow water protocol line to deeper waters) are listed below:

Points Positions*
North Latitude West Longitude
1 48° 40' 0.0" N 64° 10' 0.0" W
2 48° 39' 0.0" N 64° 10' 0.0" W
3 48° 40' 0.0" N 64° 11' 0.0" W
4 48° 40' 0.0" N 64° 10' 0.0" W
Points Positions*
North Latitude West Longitude
1 48° 36' 20.0" N 64° 10' 0.0" W
2 48° 31' 42.9" N 64° 10' 0.0" W
3 48° 32' 31.1" N 64° 11' 52.5" W
4 48° 33' 0.0" N 64° 13' 0.0" W
5 48° 34' 0.0" N 64° 13' 0.0" W
6 48° 36' 0.0" N 64° 12' 0.0" W
7 48° 36' 20.0" N 64° 10' 0.0" W

The coordinates representing the contour of the Fisheries dynamic management protocol (the area between the Gaspé Peninsula and New Brunswick from the 20 fathoms shallow water protocol line to deeper waters) are listed below:

Points Positions*
North Latitude West Longitude
1 48° 20' 0.0" N 64° 30' 0.0" W
2 48° 05' 40.0" N 64° 30' 0.0" W
3 48° 05' 0.0" N 64° 32' 0.0" W
4 47° 54' 0.0" N 64° 55' 0.0" W
5 47° 53' 3.7" N 65° 00' 0.0" W
6 48° 04' 0.0" N 65° 00' 0.0" W
7 48° 06' 0.0" N 64° 58' 0.0" W
8 48° 09' 0.0" N 64° 52' 0.0" W
9 48° 10' 0.0" N 64° 46' 0.0" W
10 48° 18' 0.0" N 64° 40' 0.0" W
11 48° 20' 0.0" N 64° 34' 40.0" W
12 48° 20' 0.0" N 64° 30' 0.0" W

Coordinates representing the contour of the Fisheries Dynamic Management Protocol closure bordering the closed static area are listed below:

Points Positions*
North Latitude West Longitude
1 48° 30' 0.0" N 63° 00' 0.0" W
2 47° 50' 0.0" N 63° 00' 0.0" W
3 47° 50' 0.0" N 63° 20' 0.0" W
4 47° 40' 0.0" N 63° 20' 0.0" W
5 47° 40' 0.0" N 63° 10' 0.0" W
6 47° 10' 0.0" N 63° 10' 0.0" W
7 47° 10' 0.0" N 63° 40' 0.0" W
8 47° 40' 0.0" N 63° 40' 0.0" W
9 47° 40' 0.0" N 63° 50' 0.0" W
10 48° 30' 0.0" N 63° 50' 0.0" W
11 48° 30' 0.0" N 63° 00' 0.0" W

The coordinates representing the contour of grids closed under the Fisheries dynamic management protocol bordering Cape Breton are listed below:

Points Positions*
North Latitude West Longitude
1 46° 30' 0.0" N 61° 04' 31.6" W
2 46° 30' 0.0" N   61° 10' 0.0" W  
3 47° 00' 0.0" N 61° 10' 0.0" W  
4 47° 00' 0.0" N   60° 40' 0.0" W  
5 46° 58' 51.1" N   60° 40' 0.0" W  
6 46° 30' 0.0" N   61° 04' 31.6" W  

The coordinates representing the contour of grids closed in the Grand Manan / Bay of Fundy area are listed below:

Points Positions*
North Latitude West Longitude
1 45° 06' 0.0" N 66° 20' 0.0" W
2 45° 00' 0.0" N  66° 20' 0.0" W 
3 45° 00' 0.0" N  66° 10' 0.0" W 
4 44° 30' 0.0" N  66° 10' 0.0" W 
5 44° 30' 0.0" N  66° 28' 0.0" W 
6 44° 29' 0.0" N  66° 30' 0.0" W 
7 44° 29' 0.0" N  66° 37' 0.0" W 
8 44° 30' 0.0" N  66° 37' 0.0" W 
9 44° 30' 0.0" N  66° 40' 0.0" W 
10 44° 34' 0.0" N  66° 40' 0.0" W 
11 44° 36' 0.0" N  66° 39' 0.0" W 
12 44° 42' 0.0" N 66° 40' 0.0" W
13 44° 47' 0.0" N  66° 43' 0.0" W 
14 44° 47' 0.0" N  66° 45' 0.0" W 
15 44° 49' 0.0" N  66° 47' 0.0" W
16 44° 47' 0.0" N  66° 50' 0.0" W 
17 44° 56' 0.0" N  66° 50' 0.0" W 
18 44° 58' 0.0" N 66° 46' 0.0" W 
19 44° 57' 0.0" N 66° 45' 0.0" W 
20 44° 56' 0.0" N 66° 45' 0.0" W 
21 44° 55' 0.0" N 66° 43' 0.0" W 
22 44° 57' 0.0" N 66° 40' 0.0" W 
23 44° 59' 0.0" N 66° 39' 0.0" W 
24 45° 00' 0.0" N 66° 37' 0.0" W 
25 45° 01' 0.0" N 66° 43' 0.0" W 
26 45° 02' 0.0" N 66° 43' 0.0" W 
27 45° 03' 0.0" N 66° 40' 0.0" W 
28 45° 03' 0.0" N 66° 26' 0.0" W 
29 45° 06' 0.0" N 66° 20' 0.0" W 

*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 all grid closures in Atlantic Canada due to the presence of NARW

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