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
- 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 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.
- Grand Manan Basin
- Roseway Basin
- New Brunswick
- Nova Scotia
- Prince Edward Island
- Newfoundland and Labrador