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Community Aquatic Monitoring Program (CAMP)
The Community Aquatic Monitoring Program works with volunteers to monitor the health and marine productivity of Canada's water ecosystem.
Volunteers collect biological data from live small fish and crustaceans that are captured and released. These data include the identification of fish and crustacean species; the numbers of fish and crustaceans; water temperature, salinity and dissolved oxygen; general aquatic vegetation profiles; and sediment and water samples.
With this information, scientists working with government agencies and universities can undertake nutrient analyses, organic loading assessments, and identify changes in the aquatic community structure. With this in hand, identification of cause may be determined and actions put into place to mitigate potential negative impacts.