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Ecosystem Labrador - Newfoundland
Type Sea/Bay/Gulf
Salinity saltwater
Other Names Labrador waters. SAU LME No. 9. SAU name: Labrador - Newfoundland. Newfoundland-Labrador Shelf
LME SAU No 9. Northwest Atlantic, coast of Newfoundland. LME2002, Modified LME 2006, SAU 2008. 58° N 42° N - 62° W 43° W
Location Map Labrador-Newfoundland.png
Size Ref
River Length Area 908785 km2 Drainage Area
Average Depth Max Depth Ref
Surface 12.0 °C Map89.gif
100 Meters Depth 7.0 °C Map90.gif
Description The Labrador - Newfoundland LME extends off the eastern coast of Canada, encompassing the areas of the Labrador Current and the Grand Banks. One of the largest and, historically, most productive systems, its fisheries go back to at least the 17th century. In recent years, however, stocks of cod, the mainstay of the fisheries, have undergone complete collapse, leading to a fishing moratorium in 1992. At the same time, other fisheries (notably crab) are experiencing record yields. As in some other LMEs, over-exploitation is the principal source of the changes, although fluctuations in the ocean climate have also been implicated (
Comments on faunal list Area from SAU (November 2015).
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