June 18, 2018, 12:49 pm

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Arctic Ocean

Very little is known about the cold-water corals of the Canadian Arctic: the deep-waters there simply remain largely unexplored, and much of the Arctic archipelago bathymetry remains to be mapped. However, rich coral assemblages have been identified in the Davis Strait, Baffin Island and Labrador Sea, which are predominantly gorgonians and black coral species likely associated with the meeting of the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans.

Corals also occur off Nunavut at approximately the shelf break. The Nunavut Wildlife Management Board, local communities and other stakeholders supported the DFO-proposed closure in 2008 of a restricted area otherwise fished for Greenland halibut.