Canada's Ocean, Freshwater & US

Davis Strait
Location: Offshore Arctic Marine
Date of Designation: 2017
Conservation Objectives

To protect significant concentrations of species of corals, sea pens and sponges.


All bottom-contact fishing activities are prohibited.

Why (environmental context for protection)

The conservation area contains large concentrations of small gorgonian corals, large gorgonian corals, sea pens and sponges. These organisms are fragile and slow to recover, and also play an important role for numerous forms of marine life. Various kinds of fish and invertebrates, such as Greenland halibut and northern shrimp, use these organisms for spawning, breeding, and nurseries. By providing a refuge for corals, sea pens and sponges, these other species are also protected.