The Fish Fauna of Gilbert Bay, Labrador: a Marine Protected Area in the Canadian Subarctic Coastal Zone
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 twenty-five species in fifteen 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 cold temperate bio-geographical provinces, and its fish fauna is dissimilar from a cold-temperate fish assemblage described for Trinity Bay in eastern Newfoundland.
01 Jan 2004
31 Dec 2016
Animal production and aquaculture Fishing, hunting and trapping
Marine Protected Areas
Strategic Research Theme
Oceans, Fisheries and Aquaculture