Ecosystem Reference
Ecosystem Canadian Eastern Arctic - West Greenland
Type Sea/Bay/Gulf
Salinity saltwater
Other Names SAU name: Canadian Eastern Arctic - West Greenland. West Greenland Shelf (LME 2008)
Location
LME SAU No 18. Eastern portion of Baffin Bay; west coast shelf area of Greenland. LME2002, LME2006, SAU 2008. 78° N 59° N - 96° W 49° W
Location Map Canadian_Eastern_Arctic-West_Greenland.png
Size Ref
River Length Area 1385104 km2 Drainage Area
Depth
Average Depth Max Depth Ref
Temperature
Surface 3.0 °C Map149.gif
100 Meters Depth 1.0 °C Map150.gif
Description There are two important current systems in this area: the cold East Greenland Current (of polar origin), and the warm Irminger Current, which is higher in salinity. These two currents meet southeast of Greenland and flow side by side, with some mixing around Cape Farewell. They turn northward along the west coast of Greenland. (Hovgard and Buch, 1990) (http://www.na.nmfs.gov/lme/text/lme18.htm). Should contain all fishes occurring in Greenland and in FAO area 21 (or Greenland and Canada). Formerly in part of Arctic Archipelago (LME 2008).
Comments on faunal list Area from SAU (November 2015).
URL 1 http://www.seaaroundus.org/lme/18.aspx
URL 2
Ecosystem Checklist Link
Total
FishBase Literature
Species Families Species Families Reference
160 65 7251
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