Infographic: Protecting North Atlantic Right Whales

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Protecting North Atlantic Right Whale

Protecting North Atlantic Right Whales

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Whales can be injured or killed when they become entangled in fishing gear.

We are adapting our fisheries to respond to the whales’ unpredictable distribution

On alert

  • Hydrophones (underwater microphones) will help us detect the presence of whales within an area.
  • Surveillance flights will be conducted regularly to determine the presence of right whales, and ensure compliance with fishery closures.

Temporary closure area (dark blue)

Fixed-gear fisheries (including crab and lobster) in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Bay of Fundy will be closed in a designated area for 15 days when a whale is detected. 

Season-long closures

Season-long closures will be in place in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. When whales are detected in an area more than once during a 15-day period, designated areas will be closed to fishing until November 15, 2020.

Critical Habitats

  • Grand Manan Basin
  • Roseway Basin


  • Quebec
  • New Brunswick
  • Nova Scotia
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Newfoundland and Labrador
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