Hawke Channel Closure

Location
Newfoundland-Labrador Shelves Bioregion (Newfoundland and Labrador)
Approximate Size (km2) contribution to Marine Conservation Targets
8,837 km2
Approximate % coverage contribution to Marine Conservation Targets
0.15%
Conservation Objective
Conserve benthic habitat and Atlantic cod

Ecological Components of Interest

Hawke Channel Closure

Hawke Channel Closure

Species of regional importance: Atlantic cod

Habitat that is important to biodiversity conservation: the bottom habitat in the area.

Prohibitions

The ecological components of interest are effectively conserved through the following prohibitions:

Bottom trawl, gillnet, and longline.

Other Considerations

No human activities that are incompatible with the conservation of the ecological components of interest may occur or be foreseeable within the area.

Environmental Context

The closure overlaps a significant portion of the Labrador Margin Trough EBSA.

This area supports a high diversity of groundfish populations, including commercially important species such as Greenland halibut. By protecting the bottom habitat, this closure also protects depleted species such as Atlantic wolffish.

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