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Community Aquatic Monitoring Program (CAMP)

Main Project Information
Goal Monitor the health of estuaries in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
Task Collect data on fish and crustaceans.
Where Global, anywhere on the planet Estuaries and Bays of the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island Canada

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.

How to Join

For reports and information on other aspects of the project, visit Interested participants can also consult the project pamphlet:

You can e-mail the Canada Department of Fisheries and Oceans at or call the CAMP coordinator at 506-851-6276
Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans coordinators ensure that all volunteers receive standardized classroom and field training.

Required Gear

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.

Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity At the beach
Tags Estuary, Fish, Health, Ocean
Project Updated 05/23/2018