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The fish fauna of Gilbert Bay, Labrador: a marine protected area in the Canadian subarctic coastal zone
Wroblewski, J.S.; Kryger-Hann, L.K.; Methven, D.A.; Haedrich, R.L. (2007). The fish fauna of Gilbert Bay, Labrador: a marine protected area in the Canadian subarctic coastal zone. J. Mar. Biol. Ass. U.K. 87(2): 575-587. dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0025315407054136
In: Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. Cambridge University Press/Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom: Cambridge. ISSN 0025-3154, more
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  • Wroblewski, J.S.
  • Kryger-Hann, L.K.
  • Methven, D.A.
  • Haedrich, R.L.

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 cold-temperate biogeographical provinces, and its fish fauna is dissimilar from a cold-temperate fish assemblage described for Trinity Bay in eastern Newfoundland.

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