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Fishery notices related to North Atlantic right whales

Acoustic detections of whales by hydrophones (underwater microphones), and visual sightings of right whales from vessels and aircraft, will trigger temporary and season-long fishing closures.

Learn about the fisheries management measures in place to protect North Atlantic right whales in Canada

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Fishery closures and openings

Note: The grids are closed as of the date that a whale is detected. No new fishing activity is permitted. For safety reasons (based on the marine weather forecast), harvesters fishing in the closed area are provided with time to retrieve their gear.

Notice title Date issued
2021 fisheries management measures to protect North Atlantic Right Whales in Canadian waters 2021-03-30
North Atlantic Right Whale – Notice of Grid Re-opening IB26, IB27, IB28, IB29, IB30, IC26, IC27, IC28, IC29, IC30, ID27, ID28, ID29, ID30, IE27, IE28 2020-11-27
North Atlantic Right Whale – Notice of Grid Closure IB30, IC30, ID30 2020-11-23
North Atlantic Right Whale – Notice of Grid Re-opening IB30, IB31, IC30, IC31, ID30, ID31 2020-11-19
North Atlantic Right Whale – Notice of Grid Closure ID27, ID28, IE27, IE28 2020-11-17
Transport Canada - Interim order REPEALED for the protection of the North Atlantic Right Whales (Eubalaena glacialis) in the Gulf of St. Lawrence 2020-11-16
North Atlantic Right Whale – Notice for the Re-opening of All Grids in the Gulf of St Lawrence and Notice of Grid Closure IB26, IB27, IB28, IC26, IC27, IC28 2020-11-16
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of Grid Closure GL41, GL42, GL43, GM41, GM42, GM43, GN41, GN42, GN43 and Notice of Grid Re-opening HC47, HC48 2020-11-09
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of Grid Closure IB29, IB30, IB31, IC29, IC30, IC31, ID29, ID30, ID31 2020-11-05
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of Grid Closure GY47, GZ45, GZ47 2020-10-29
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of Grid Closure HC44, HC47, HC48, HD44, HD45, HD46, HD47, HD48, HD53, HD54, HD55, HE44, HE45, HE46, HE47, HE48, HE53, HE54, HE55, HF53 HF54, HF55 and Notice of Grid Re-opening GY47, GY48, GZ47, GZ48, HA48, HC39, HC40, HD39, HD40, HD41 2020-10-27
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of Grid Re-opening GQ34, GQ35, GR33, GR34, GR35, GR42, GR43, GR44, GS34, GS35, GS42, GU43, GU44, GV04, GV05, GW03, GW04, GW05, GX02, GX03, GX04, GX05, GY02, GY03, GY04, GZ44, GZ45, HA44, HB44, HD45, HD46, HD47 2020-10-21
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of Seasonal Grid Closure HA45, HA47, HB45, HB46, HB47, HC45, HC46, HC47 2020-10-16
Transport Canada – Interim Order REPEALED for the Protection of North Atlantic Right Whales In and Near the Shediac Valley 2020-10-14
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of Grid Closure GY47, GY48, GZ47, GZ48, HA47, HA48 and Notice of Grid Re-opening GL41, GL42, GM41, GM42, GN41, GN42, GQ31, GQ32 2020-10-14
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of Grid Closure HC39, HC40, HD39, HD40, HD41 2020-10-13
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of Grid Re-opening IB29, IB30, IB31, IC29, IC30, IC31, ID29, ID30, ID31 2020-10-09
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of Grid Closure GQ34, GQ35, GR33, GR34, GR35, GS34, GS35 2020-10-08
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of Grid Closure GU43, GU44 2020-10-07
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of Grid Closure GR42, GR43, GR44, GS42, GS43, GT43, GZ44, GZ45, GZ46, HA44, HA45, HA46, HB44, HB45, HB46, HB47, HC45, HC46, HC47, HD45, HD46, HD47 and Notice of Grid Re-opening GS36, GS37, GS38 2020-10-06
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of Grid Re-opening IA29, IB26, IB27, IB28, IC26, IC27, IC28, ID26, ID27, ID28 2020-10-05
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of Seasonal Grid Closure GP31, GP32, GP33 2020-10-02
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of Grid Closure GW03, GW04, GX02, GX03, GX04, GY02, GY03, GY04 2020-10-01
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of Grid Closure GL42, GM42, GN42, GP31, GP32, GP33, GQ31, GQ32, GQ33 and Notice of Grid Re-opening HA43, HB42, HB43, HC42, HC43 2020-09-29
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of Grid Closure GV04, GV05, GW03, GW04, GW05, GX03, GX04, GX05 and Notice of Grid Re-opening GK27, GK28, GK29, GL27, GL28, GL29, GL41, GM27, GM28, GM29, GM41, GN41, HC39, HC40, HD39, HD40, HD41, HE39, HE40, HE41, IE28 2020-09-28
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of Grid Closure GS36, GS37, GS38 and Notice of Grid Re-opening GX30, GY30 2020-09-21
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of Seasonal Grid Closure GO31, GO32, GO33 2020-09-18
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of Grid Closure GO31, GO32, GO33, GP36, GP37, GP38, GQ36, GQ37, GQ38, GR36, GR37, GR38, IA29 2020-09-17
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of Grid Closure HA43, HB42, HB43, HC42, HC43, IB30, IB31, IC31, ID31 2020-09-16
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of Grid Re-opening HS20, HS21, HS22, HT20, HT21, HT22, HU21, HU22 2020-09-15
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of Grid Closure GK27, GK28, GK29, GL27, GL28, GL29, GL41, GM27, GM28, GM29, GM41, GN41, HC39, HC40, HC41, HD39, HD40, HD41, HE39, HE40, HE41, IB29, IC29, IC30, ID29, ID30, IE28 and Notice of Grid Re-opening GL38, GM38, GN35, GO33, GO34, GO35, GU44 2020-09-14
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of Grid Closure IB26, IB27, IB28, IC26, IC27, IC28, ID26, ID27, ID28 2020-09-11
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of Grid Closure GX30, GY30 and Notice of Grid Re-opening GK30, GL36, GM36, GR42, GR43, GR44, GS42, GS43, GT43, GV46, GY54, GY55, GY56, GZ54, GZ55, GZ56, HA54, HA55, HA56 2020-09-08
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid re-opening GU49, GV49 2020-09-04
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure HS20, HS21, HS22, HT20, HT21, HT22, HU21, HU22 2020-09-03
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid re-opening GS47, GT49 2020-09-02
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure GL38, GL39, GL40, GM38, GM39, GM40, GU44 and Notice of grid re-opening HE53, HE54, HE55, HF53, HF54, HF55, HG53, HG54 2020-08-31
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure GV46 2020-08-27
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid re-opening HC57, HC58, HC59, HD57, HD58, HD59 2020-08-26
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid re-opening GT41, GU42 2020-08-25
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure GK30, GL36, GM36, GN35, GO33, GO34, GO35, GR42, GR43, GR44, GS42 GS43, GS44, GT43, GT44 2020-08-24
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure GS45, GS46, GS47, GT45, GT46, GU45, GU46 2020-08-20
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure GT47, GT48, GT49, GU47, GU48, GU49, GV47, GV48, GV49 2020-08-19
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure GX41, GY54, GY55, GY56, GZ54, GZ55, GZ56, HA54, HA55, HA56 and Notice of grid re-opening GO32, GO33 2020-08-18
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure GL30, GM30, GY31, GY32, HE53, HE54, HE55, HF53, HF54, HF55, HG53, HG54 and Notice of grid re-opening GP22, GP23, GP24, GP27, GP28, GP29, GP30, GO30, GO31, GQ22, GQ23, GQ24, GS37, GS38, GS39 2020-08-17
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure GK31 2020-08-14
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure GK35, GL35, GM35 2020-08-13
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure HC57, HC58, HC59, HD57, HD58, HD59 and Notice of grid re-opening GM27, GM28, GM29 2020-08-12
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure GT41, GT42, GU42, GW32, GX31, GX32 and Notice of grid re-opening HB42, HC39, HC40, HC41, HR20, HR21, HR22, HS20, HS21, HS22, HT20, HT21, HT22 2020-08-11
Interim Order for the Protection of the North Atlantic Right Whales (Eubalaena Glacialis) in and Near the Shediac Valley 2020-08-10
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure GN34, GO32, GO33 and Notice of grid re-opening GM30 2020-08-07
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure GP22, GP23, GP24, GP27, GP28, GP29, GP30, GO30, GO31, GL32, GL33, GL34, GM32, GL31, GM30, GM31, GN30, GN31, GN32, GN33, GQ22, GQ23, GQ24, GK32, GK33, GK34, GM33, GM34 and Notice of grid re-opening GU42, GX41 2020-08-05
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure HR21, HR22, HS20, HS21, HS22, HT20, HT21, HT22 2020-07-28
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure GM27, GM28, GM29, GN27, GN28, GN29, GO27, GO28, GO29, GY41, HB42 2020-07-27
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure GV33, GV34, GV35, GW33, GW34, GW35, GX33, GX34 2020-07-24
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure GS37, GS38, GS39 2020-07-23
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure HB40, HB41, HC39, HC40, HC41, HP18, HP19, HP20, HQ18, HQ19, HQ20, HR19, HR20 2020-07-23
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure GU42, GU41 and notice of grid re-opening GT41 2020-07-20
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid re-opening GX41, GY41 2020-07-17
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid re-opening GO31, GO32, GO33, GP31, GP32, GP33, GQ31, GQ32, GQ33 2020-07-15
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure HB35, HB36 2020-07-13
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure GX41, GY41 2020-07-06
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure GT41, GU41 2020-07-03
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure GO31, GO32, GO33, GP31, GP32, GP33, GQ31, GQ32, GQ33 2020-07-02
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of seasonal grid closure GX35 2020-06-26
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid re-opening HB40, HB41 and HB42 2020-06-25
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure GX35 and Notice of grid re-opening GW47, GX47 and GY47 2020-06-24
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid re-opening GS35, GS36, GS37, GT35, GU35 2020-06-23
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure GT39, GT40, GU40 and Notice of grid re-opening GX41, GZ34, HA34 2020-06-22
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure GS35, GS36, GS37, GT35, GU35 and Notice of grid re-opening HC37, HC38, HC39 2020-06-19
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid re-opening GV35, GW35, GX35 2020-06-17
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure GT36, GT37, GT38, GY40 2020-06-15
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure GY39, HB40, HB41, HB42 and Notice of grid re-opening GW48, GW49, GW50, GX48, GX49, GX50, GY40, GY41, GY48, GY49, GY50 2020-06-11
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid re-opening GU41, GU42 2020-06-10
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure GU39 2020-06-09
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure GU36, GU37, GU38, GV39, GW39, GX39, GZ34, HA34 and Notice of grid re-opening GU40, GV45, GV46 2020-06-08
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure GZ38, GZ39, HA38, HA39, HB37, HB38, HB39, HC37, HC38, HC39 2020-06-05
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure GV35, GV36, GV37, GV38, GW35, GW36, GW37, GW38, GX35, GX36, GX37, GX38, GX40, GX41, GY38 2020-06-02
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure GY35, GY36, GY37, GZ35, GZ36, GZ37, HA35, HA36, HA37 and Notice of grid re-opening GQ39, GQ40, GQ41, GR39, GR40, GR41, GS39, GS40, GS41 2020-06-01
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure GY40, GY41, GZ40, GZ41, GZ42, HA40, HA41, HA42 and Notice of grid re-opening GV52, GV53, GV54, GW52, GW53, GW54 2020-05-27
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure GW48, GW49, GW50, GX48, GX49, GX50, GY48, GY49, GY50 and Notice of grid re-opening GX52, GX53, GX54 2020-05-25
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid re-opening – GU43, GU44, GV43 2020-05-22
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure – GU40, GU41, GV40, GV41, GW40, GW41 2020-05-21
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure – GQ39, GQ40, GQ41, GR39, GR40, GR41, GS39, GS40, GS41, GV45, GV46, GX42, GX43, GX44, GY42, GY43, GY44 2020-05-19
North Atlantic Right Whale - Notice of grid closure - GV52, GV53, GV54, GW45, GW46, GW47, GW52, GW53, GW54, GX45, GX46, GX47, GX52, GX53, GX54, GY45, GY46, GY47 2020-05-11
DFO – 2020 fisheries management measures to protect North Atlantic right whales in Canadian waters 2020-05-08
North Atlantic right whales notice of grid closure: GU42, GU43, GU44, GV42, GV43, GV44, GW42, GW43, GW44 2020-05-04
Transport Canada - North Atlantic Right Whales – 2020 Vessel Traffic Management Measures 2020-04-28

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