Identification of benthic Ecologically and Biologically Significant Areas (EBSAs) on the Scotian Shelf

Description

Ecologically and Biologically Significant Areas (EBSAs) are identified and prioritized using criteria that include uniqueness/rarity and aggregation of an area compared to other areas; how the loss of an area would compromise a population; how natural or undisturbed the habitat is; and the area's resilience to physical disturbance. Prior to this project, there has not been a systematic review of species and habitats in benthic marine areas (the lowest region of a body of water) in Maritimes Region for the purpose of identifying EBSAs. This project will apply the above criteria to identify EBSAs in the Scotian Shelf using data on benthic species and habitats.

Program Name

Strategic Program for Ecosystem-based Research and Advice (SPERA)

Ecoregion(s)

Atlantic: Gulf of Maine, Scotian Shelf

Principal Investigator(s)

Ellen Kenchington

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