St. Anns Bank is located on the Eastern Scotian Shelf not too far from the Cape Breton coastline. It is a key migration route for fish and marine mammals and contains an ecologically diverse ecosystem including important habitat for a number of species, such as the leatherback turtle, Atlantic wolfish and Atlantic cod, as well as deep-sea corals and sponges.
A stakeholder advisory committee agreed on a final proposal several years ago and DFO Maritimes Region has been in the process of developing regulations for implementation. This designation process is taking longer than expected.
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