Mussel aquaculture regulatory effectiveness monitoring: validation of the environmental assessment and monitoring program in St. Ann's Harbour

PARR-2008-M-04

Description

The largest single mussel aquaculture application in the Maritimes was approved in 2003 for St. Ann's Harbour, Nova Scotia after an extensive assessment of environmental risks and the implementation of a rigorous environmental monitoring program. The mussel leases in St. Ann's Harbour are ~70% developed and an extensive environmental sampling program was conducted in October 2008 to test both the environmental impact assessment predictions and the effectiveness of the environmental monitoring program design. A technical report containing project results and conclusions has been drafted and is currently in final review by the project team.

Program Name

Program for Aquaculture Regulatory Research (PARR)

Year(s)

2008 - 2009

Ecoregion(s)

Atlantic: Gulf of Maine, Scotian Shelf

Principal Investigator(s)

Peter Cranford
Email: Peter.Cranford@dfo-mpo.gc.ca