The arrival of right whales forces the closure of a new fishing area

Fisheries and Oceans Canada is announcing the upcoming closure of another fishing area adjacent to the exclusion zone due to the arrival of right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

The federal agency explains the decision after at least two right whales were seen Sunday.

The area covered by this temporary closure is adjacent to the exclusion zone already delineated by the federal government. This 14,000-square-kilometer region of the Gulf of St. Lawrence has been closed to fishing since April 28 to protect right whales, which is where 90% of marine mammals were observed last year.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada is announcing the upcoming closure of another fishing area adjacent to the exclusion zone due to the arrival of right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

The federal agency explains the decision after at least two right whales were seen Sunday.

The area covered by this temporary closure is adjacent to the exclusion zone already delineated by the federal government. This 14,000-square-kilometer region of the Gulf of St. Lawrence has been closed to fishing since April 28 to protect right whales, which is where 90% of marine mammals were observed last year.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada reminds fishers that they are required to consult the advice issued by the government agency.

Lockers seized

The federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans also confirms that fishery officers seized snow crab traps in the exclusion zone.

An investigation is underway.

At least 18 right whales died in Canadian and US waters last year. Scientists who conducted the autopsy of carcasses concluded that many of these whales have died entangled in fishing gear or struck by ships.

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