Identification and descriptions of ecologically and biologically significant areas in the Newfoundland and Labrador shelves bioregion: Fs70-5/2017-013E-PDF

“The Oceans Act (1997) commits Canada to maintaining biological diversity and productivity in the marine environment. A key component of this is to identify areas that are considered to be ecologically or biologically significant. Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has developed guidelines on the criteria that are to be used to identify Ecologically and Biologically Significant Areas (EBSAs) within Canada’s waters. These criteria were applied to the Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) Shelves Bioregion, north of the Placentia Bay-Grand Banks (PBGB) Large Ocean Management Area (LOMA) to facilitate the identification of candidate EBSAs. An EBSA Steering Committee, comprised of experts in oceanography, ecosystem structure and function, taxa-specific life histories and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) guided this process by advising or aiding in the identification, collection, processing and analysis of data layers, as well as participating in the final selection of candidate EBSAs. A peer review meeting was held October 23-25, 2012 during which the candidate EBSAs were reviewed and the final EBSAs were agreed upon and delineated. A total of fifteen EBSAs were identified within the study area; three of these areas are considered to be primarily coastal areas; seven are in offshore areas; four EBSAs straddle coastal and offshore areas; and one is a transitory EBSA that follows the southern extent of pack ice"--Abstract, p. v.

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Department/Agency Department of Fisheries and Oceans.
Title Identification and descriptions of ecologically and biologically significant areas in the Newfoundland and Labrador shelves bioregion
Series Title Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat (CSAS), research document,
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Language [English]
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Note Cover title. “July 2017.”
Date 2017.
Number of Pages v, 87 p. :
Catalogue Number
  • Fs70-5/2017-013E-PDF
Subject Terms Aquatic ecosystems, Biological diversity, Habitats