The channel contains the highest levels of diversity off the shores of Newfoundland. The area supports the largest concentration of black dogfish in Canada, and is the only location where pupping occurs.
DFO has decided not to consider cod as a priority species for the development of conservation objectives, in spite of its ecological importance. CPAWS is concerned that significant changes to the boundary will remove some of the most ecologically significant portions of the proposed MPA, including important cod and redfish populations. We are also concerned that although there will be no fishing allowed within this MPA, the proposal is for it to remain open to industrial activities such as seismic testing.
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