The Laurentian Channel is a deep submarine valley over 1200 km long. It extends from the intersection of the St. Lawrence and Saguenay Rivers to the edge of the continental shelf off Newfoundland. The Channel is approximately 35,840 km2 in total; however, the AOI is limited to an estimated 17,950 km2 off the southwest coast of Newfoundland and Labrador. Given the size of the Laurentian Channel AOI, if a MPA is established it will likely take in only a portion of this area.
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