Grand Banks


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Grand Banks

An extensive area of shoals in the western Atlantic Ocean off southeast Newfoundland, Canada. The mingling of the cold Labrador Current and the warmer Gulf Stream and the shallowness of the water produces heavy fogs and severe storms and has historically made it a highly productive fishing ground.

Grand Banks

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(Placename) a part of the continental shelf in the Atlantic, extending for about 560 km (350 miles) off the SE coast of Newfoundland: meeting place of the cold Labrador Current and the warm Gulf Stream, producing frequent fogs and formerly rich fishing grounds

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an extensive shoal SE of Newfoundland: fishing grounds. 350 mi. (565 km) long; 40,000 sq. mi. (104,000 sq. km).
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This closed car smells of salt fish, the strong New England and commercial scent, reminding me of the Grand Banks and the fisheries.
We'll be on the Grand Bank to-night; but in a general way o' speakin', we're all among the fishing-fleet now.
I hypothesize that water leaves the Deep Western Boundary Current at the Grand Banks because of two primary features.
Rosa Garcia-Orellan's Terranova provides answers to these unasked questions by detailing the history of the industrial Spanish cod fishery on the Grand Banks of Newfoundland in the twentieth century.
Newfoundland cod spawned out to sea on the Grand Banks in vast schools, while other populations of the fish teemed in waters from Labrador all the way down to the coast of New England.
The Grand Banks shelf has a width that extends to 450 km and the Labrador Shelf represents the western margin of the Labrador Sea and is as wide as 300 km in some places (Keen and Piper 1990).
Now the sender has been identified as Randy Rumbolt, the skipper of a Canadian boat who tossed the bottle over the side while crossing the Grand Banks, off Newfoundland, more than two years ago.
It reads: fluid on a rotating body commences off Cape Hatteras and continues north to the Grand Banks.
Blue whales normally are found in much deeper water hundreds of miles offshore as they migrate in winter, feeding along the Grand Banks off Newfoundland before heading toward the Caribbean.
HMCS Glace Bay and Summerside had just returned from an 18-day fisheries patrol off the grand banks, while HMCS Goose Bay was making its third port visit.
The increase is attributed to the acquisition of Grand Banks Energy Corporation, where the company intends to spend an additional CDD30m to CDD35m in exploration expenses.