Identification and modeling of habitat suitability and sensitivity of coastal marine habitats for invertebrate fisheries resources in relation to the regulatory needs of aquaculture site assessment and management

PARR-2008-M-06

Description

Between the early 1990's and early 2000's a series of regional projects were undertaken that sought to identify and map sensitive fishery areas within southwestern New Brunswick in relation to aquaculture development. Many results still exist in the form of specific project reports and advisory documentation. From the mid-late 1990's, comprehensive approaches to marine habitat mapping (MHM) have emerged globally, primarily applied to date at regional-scale applications. This project will focus on the review of existing regional reports and completion of two draft technical reports on approaches to aquaculture site monitoring in relation to habitat suitability and sensitivity for invertebrate fisheries resources. All reports will identify promising technical approaches from MHM theory and practise that may be applied in developing new integrated aquaculture assessments.

Program Name

Program for Aquaculture Regulatory Research (PARR)

Year(s)

2008 - 2009

Ecoregion(s)

Atlantic: Gulf of St. Lawrence, St. Lawrence Estuary

Principal Investigator(s)

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