On June 7, 2011, CPAWS welcomed the announcement by Keith Ashfield, the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, of an Area of Interest for a new Marine Protected Area in Shediac Valley in the Northumberland Strait off New Brunswick`s northeast coast.

The area is an important spawning and nursery area for Atlantic cod and yellowtail flounder and provides critical habitat for an endangered population of winter skate.  The area is also of prime importance for a sustainable lobster fishery.

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