The Fish Fauna of Gilbert Bay, Labrador: a Marine Protected Area in the Canadian Subarctic Coastal Zone

Wroblewski, Joseph S. and Kryger-Hann, Leanne K. and Methven, David Alan and Haedrich, Richard L. (2007) The Fish Fauna of Gilbert Bay, Labrador: a Marine Protected Area in the Canadian Subarctic Coastal Zone. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 87 (2). pp. 575-587. ISSN 1469-7769

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Abstract

The Marine Protected Area in Gilbert Bay, Labrador is the first established in the subarctic coastal zone of eastern Canada. A standardized survey of the fish fauna of Gilbert Bay was initiated during the ice-free season of 2004 to provide baseline information on the fish present in water less than 15 m deep. Beach seines and gill-nets sampled three management zones within the bay which are afforded different levels of protection from human activity. The 25 species in 15 families recorded belong to five ecological guilds: (1) estuarine and marine fish resident in the bay; (2) anadromous species transiting the bay; (3) marine species which migrate into the bay to spawn; (4) offshore-spawning marine fish for which the bay is a nursery area; and (5) marine species which occasionally migrate into the bay to feed. Gilbert Bay lies in a transition zone between Arctic and coldtemperate biogeographical provinces, and its fish fauna is dissimilar from a cold-temperate fish assemblage described for Trinity Bay in eastern Newfoundland.

Item Type: Article
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/2016
Item ID: 2016
Department(s): Science, Faculty of > Ocean Sciences
Date: 2007
Date Type: Publication
Geographic Location: Gilbert Bay, Labrador
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