Gulf Snow Crab Fishery Closed to Protect North Atlantic Right Whales
On July 20, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) announced the closure of Snow Crab Fishing Area 12 in the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence.
This decision was made in an effort to protect North Atlantic Right whales from risks posed by snow crab fishing gear in the area.
As of July 20, 98 per cent of the total allowable catch for snow crab in Area 12 has already been harvested. “We understand the impact this could have on fishers. However, the recent whale mortalities in the area are unprec...