Les Demoiselles nursery (Plaisance Bay), Magdalen Islands closure
- Estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence Bioregion (Quebec)
- Approximate Size (km2) contribution to Marine Conservation Targets
- 0.3 km2
- Approximate % coverage contribution to Marine Conservation Targets
- Conservation Objective
- Protect habitat used as a nursery ground for juvenile lobster
Ecological Components of Interest
Species of regional importance: juvenile American lobster
- Why it is important: American lobster is a commercially important species.
Habitat that is important to biodiversity conservation: American lobster nursery habitat
- Why it is important: American lobster nursery habitat is important for the life-cycle of the species.
The ecological components of interest are effectively conserved through the following prohibitions:
- Hydraulic dredge for the Atlantic surf clam and Atlantic razor clam
- Otter trawl, Danish and Scottish seine for the winter flounder, witch flounder, yellowtail flounder and American plaice
No human activities that are incompatible with the conservation of the ecological components of interest may occur or be foreseeable within the area.
By protecting the bottom habitat, this closure can also help protect numerous other bottom-dwelling species of fish and invertebrates including commercially important species such as winter flounder, American plaice, witch flounder, yellowtail flounder, Atlantic surf clam and Atlantic razor clam.
This area can act as a refuge area that may contribute to increased species productivity, and contribute to increased abundance within and adjacent to the area.
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