|Spend the time||outdoors|
|Location||Estuaries and Bays of the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island Canada|
Chest waders and appropriate outdoor gear such as sunscreen, hat, liquid, rain gear, bug repellant. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans provide the beach seine and the hand-held meter for the sampling.
Community Aquatic Monitoring Program (CAMP)
The Community Aquatic Monitoring Program works with volunteers to monitor the health and productivity of estuaries and bays in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence.
Volunteers collect biological data from live small fish and crustaceans that are captured with a 30 m x 2 m beach seine and released. These data include the identification of fish and crustacean species; the numbers of fish and crustaceans captured; 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.