Fundian Channel – Browns Bank
Fundian Channel – Browns Bank is an ecologically significant area located off the coast of southwestern Nova Scotia. It contains the densest-known concentration of large gorgonian corals in the Maritimes and covers important habitat for depleted groundfish species. As the largest entrance to the Gulf of Maine, the Fundian Channel is also a corridor for migratory species such as basking sharks.
In 2018, the federal government announced Fundian Channel – Brown’s Bank as an Area of Interest (AOI) for a future marine protected area (MPA). As a site of important oceanographic processes and sensitive seafloor habitats, CPAWS-NS is working with the federal government and other stakeholders to ensure that this site is strongly protected.