Aquaculture monitoring standard

Aquaculture Monitoring Standard (PDF 226 KB)


This Aquaculture Monitoring Standard (Monitoring Standard) is intended to support the monitoring and sampling requirements of the Aquaculture Activities Regulations (AAR) under the Fisheries Act. This document provides the necessary level of detail to enable the owner or operator of an aquaculture facility to produce to the greatest extent possible, consistent and high quality data to support the implementation of the AAR.

This Monitoring Standard will be amended (in consultation with provinces) from time to time.

This Monitoring Standard is available on the Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) website.


“Containment array”
means an assembly of interconnected cages used to cultivate fish.
“High slack tide”
means the point in time in any given location where the water depth has reached its maximum height and any water movement has ceased, up until the current reverses direction.
“Reference station”
means a sampling station chosen to represent background or natural environmental conditions in a given area.
“Sampling station”
means the location where recording is carried out and any samples are collected.
means a directional line, along which sampling stations are established.

I. Survey for Baseline Information [AAR section 8]

Predicted Contours [AAR paragraph 8(1)(a)]

Survey of Fish and Fish Habitat [AAR paragraph 8(1)(b)]

Bathymetry Survey [AAR paragraph 8(1)(c)]

Composition of the Seabed and Corroborative Measurements [AAR paragraph 8(1)(d)]

Establishing Reference Stations [AAR subsections 8(1) and (3)]

Recording of Baseline Survey Information [AAR subsections 8(1) and (3), and 9(1)]

II.        Procedures for Monitoring Sediment Free Sulfide [AAR section 10(1)]

Timing of Sampling [AAR paragraphs 10(1)(a) and (b)]

Establishing Sampling Stations [AAR paragraphs 10(1)(a) and (b)]

Sediment Sampling Procedures [AAR paragraphs 10(1)(a) and (b)]

Measurement of free sulfide (S) [AAR paragraphs 10(1)(a) and (b)]

III.       Visual Recording Procedures [AAR section 11]

Manner [AAR paragraph 11(2)(a)]

Times [AAR paragraph 11(2)(a)]

Locations [AAR paragraph 11(2)(a)]