Canada's Ocean, Freshwater & US

Disko Fan
Location: Offshore Arctic Marine
Date of Designation: 2017
Conservation Objectives

To protect the biodiversity of the area, which is an overwintering habitat for narwhal and a home for unique species of cold-water coral.


All forms of bottom-contact fishing are prohibited.

Why (environmental context for protection)

The conservation area functions as an overwintering habitat for narwhal, which are important to many Inuit communities for cultural and economic purposes and as a food source. Other marine animals, such as sperm whales and northern bottlenose whales, also use the area. Concentrations of large gorgonian corals, including large tracts of globally unique, high-density bamboo corals, also call this area home. These species are fragile and ecologically important, and provide habitat for many other marine species such as fish and invertebrates.