Ecosystem Reference
Ecosystem Scotian Shelf
Type Sea/Bay/Gulf
Salinity saltwater
Other Names
LME SAU No 8. Northwest Atlantic; shelf around Nova Scotia. LME2002, Modified LME 2006, SAU 2008. 51° N 42° N - 71° W 55° W
Location Map Scotian_Shelf.png
Size Ref
River Length Area 284843 km2 Drainage Area
Average Depth Max Depth Ref
Surface 10.0 °C Map125.gif
100 Meters Depth 5.5 °C Map126.gif
Description Surrounding Nova Scotia is the Scotian Shelf LME, an area that extends to the shelf break, more than 200 nautical miles (nm) from the Canadian coast at some points. As it is a region divided between high seas law and national jurisdiction of two countries (France and Canada), management of its resources will involve additional complexities. Currently, its main fisheries (cod, haddock, flounder, and other demersal fish) are overexploited, but a management scheme taking into account species interaction and biomass production is being initiated (
Comments on faunal list Area from SAU (November 2015).
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198 95 7251
Froese, Rainer on 12.05.00
Modified by Kesner-Reyes, Kathleen on 05.27.21
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