SAM Member Since: 2009
Red Bay is the easternmost community accessible by paved highway and was named Baie Rouge by the French in the 17th century. The small community is approximately 80 km southwest of Mary's Harbour. Red Bay is located in an ideal area, being sheltered from the ocean by Saddle Island, and is one of the oldest ports in Southern Labrador. Red Bay currently has a population of approximately 252 people.
St. Peter's Bay Coastal Stewardship
St. Peter's Bay is located 60 km northeast of Red Bay and is approximately 5 km wide with several small islands located in the middle. The waterfowl in St. Peter's Bay, particularly the common eider, use the rocky coasts, shoals, and islands at various times throughout the year. The vegetation on the islands is limited to sedges, grasses, stunted trees and crowberry barrens which they use for breeding, nesting, molting, staging and over wintering. The Canadian Wildlife Service considers St. Peter's Bay to be the only primary moulting area for eiders along the southern Labrador coast south of Table Bay, with estimates of up to 3000 molting eiders congregating there in the summer. Other waterfowl which frequent St. Peter's Bay include black duck, Canada goose, common merganser, various species of scoter, and the harlequin duck. In partnership with the Eastern Habitat Joint Venture, the Town of Red Bay, along with the Towns of Mary's Harbour and St. Lewis, through the signing of a coastal stewardship agreement have agreed to support the development and promotion of best stewardship practices for the coastal area of St. Peter's Bay.