North Atlantic Right Whales - Notice of grid closure and re-opening: GL35, GM35 / HP20, HP21, HQ20, HQ21, HR20, HR21

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) – The Quebec Region is providing notice of new temporary fishing area closures due to the confirmed presence of North Atlantic Right Whales (NARW).

As per the Fisheries Dynamic Management Protocol, the following portions of grids will be closing on September 27, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Atlantic Daylight Time (ADT):

  • Portions of grids GL35, GM35

DFO is providing a 96 hour delay for this fishery closure due to the weather forecast.  All gear affected by this notice must be removed from the closed area before the time of closure.

Furthermore, the following portions of grids reopened in the Bay of Fundy on September 21, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Atlantic Daylight Time (ADT):

  • Portions of grids HP20, HP21, HQ20, HQ21, HR20, HR21

Please note that the following grids remain closed in Atlantic Canada:

  • Full grids GL32, GL33, GL34, GM32, GN25, GN26, GN27, GO25, GO26, GO27, GP25, GP26, GP27, GV38, GV39, GV40, GV41, GV42, GW34, GW35, 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, HE47, HE48, HE49, HF47, HF48, HF49
  • Portions of grids GK32, GK33, GK34, GK35, GM33, GM34, GU35, GV33, GV34, GV35, GW33, GX33, GX34, GX35, HD47, HD48, HD49

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 :  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.

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 west of Anticosti Island are listed below:

Points Positions*
North Latitude West Longitude
1 50° 11' 0.0" N 64° 33' 0.0" W
2 50° 11' 0.0" N 64° 29' 0.0" W
3 50° 15' 0.0" N 64° 29' 0.0" W
4 50° 14' 0.0" N 64° 20' 0.0" W
5 50° 09' 0.0" N 64° 18' 0.0" W
6 50° 07' 57.4" N 64° 10' 0.0" W
7 49° 58' 0.0" N 64° 10' 0.0" W
8 49° 58' 0.0" N 64° 19' 0.0" W
9 49° 55' 36.0" N 64° 30' 0.0" W
10 49° 52' 0.0" N 64° 35' 0.0" W
11 49° 50' 0.0" N 64° 32' 30.0" W
12 49° 50' 0.0" N 64° 50' 0.0" W
13 50° 14' 46.7" N 64° 50' 0.0" W
14 50° 15' 0.0" N 64° 48' 0.0" W
15 50° 16' 0.0" N 64° 36' 0.0" W
16 50° 15' 0.0" N 64° 33' 0.0" W
17 50° 11' 0.0" N 64° 33' 0.0" W

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

Points Positions*
North Latitude West Longitude
1 49° 20' 0.0" N 65° 30' 0.0" W
2 49° 20' 0.0" N 66° 00' 0.0" W
3 49° 50' 0.0" N 66° 00' 0.0" W
4 49° 50' 0.0" N 65° 30' 0.0" W
5 49° 20' 0.0" N 65° 30' 0.0" W

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° 33' 0.0" N 64° 13' 0.0" W
4 48° 34' 0.0" N 64° 13' 0.0" W
5 48° 36' 0.0" N 64° 12' 0.0" W
6 48° 36' 20.0" N 64° 10' 0.0" W

The coordinates representing the contour of the Fisheries Dynamic Management Protocol closure south of the Gaspésie are listed below:

Points Positions*
North Latitude West Longitude
1 48° 08' 0.0" N 64° 10' 0.0" W
2 48° 09' 0.0" N 64° 20' 0.0" W
3 48° 05' 0.0" N 64° 32' 0.0" W
4 48° 01' 10.4" N 64° 40' 0.0" W
5 48° 18' 0.0" N 64° 40' 0.0" W
6 48° 21' 0.0" N 64° 32' 0.0" W
7 48° 23' 0.0" N 64° 24' 0.0" W
8 48° 23' 0.0" N 64° 15' 0.0" W
9 48° 26' 0.0" N 64° 17' 0.0" W
10 48° 28' 0.0" N 64° 15' 0.0" W
11 48° 28' 0.0" N 64° 10' 0.0" W
12 48° 08' 0.0" N 64° 10' 0.0" W

Coordinates representing the contour of the Fisheries Dynamic Management Protocol closure bordering the eastern side of 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 south of the Magdalen Islands are listed below:

Points Positions*
North Latitude West Longitude
1 47° 01' 20.0" N 61° 50' 0.0" W
2 46° 40' 0.0" N 61° 50' 0.0" W
3 46° 40' 0.0" N 62° 20' 0.0" W
4 47° 10' 0.0" N 62° 20' 0.0" W
5 47° 10' 0.0" N 62° 17' 0.0" W
6 47° 09' 0.0" N 62° 16' 0.0" W
7 47° 03' 0.0" N 61° 52' 0.0" W
8 47° 01' 20.0" N 61° 50' 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

Map identifying all grid closures in Atlantic Canada due to the presence of NARW.

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