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AMENDED Notice to fishers on North Atlantic Right Whales
FURTHER MANAGEMENT MEASURES TO PROTECT NORTH ATLANTIC RIGHT WHALES
Amended July 11, 2019 – Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), Gulf Region, wishes to announce the further management measures to protect North Atlantic Right Whales (NARW) in place for the remaining of 2019.
The management measures include: Static Closure – Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence – NO CHANGE:
Dynamic Management Areas – ANYWHERE IN THE GULF OF ST. LAWRENCE: - If one or more NARW are observed anywhere in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, DFO will close fishing grids, amongst others, that are used for the application of the soft-shell crab protocol.
- A maximum of nine grids, with the central grid where the NARW is sighted and up to eight adjacent grids to account for a buffer zone, will be closed.