Evaluate DEPOMOD or other depositional models in southwest New Brunswick to predict the zones and intensities of impacts around farm sites

PARR-2010-M-11

Description

Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Maritimes Habitat program is developing a Fisheries Act Authorization framework for managing the impacts of finfish aquaculture on fish habitat. This framework will require the ability to estimate or predict the area and intensity of potential benthic impacts associated with proposed fish farm configurations and production levels. Preliminary work has suggested that high spatial and temporal variation in sediment sulphides in the vicinity of fish farms challenges the ability of models, such as DEPOMOD, to predict these areas and the intensity of impact. This project will compare the observed patterns of sediment sulphide with predictions using DEPOMOD and consider other potential alternative approaches to DEPOMOD.

Findings

N/A

Publications

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Program Name

Program for Aquaculture Regulatory Research (PARR)

Year(s)

2010 - 2011

Ecoregion(s)

Atlantic: Gulf of Maine, Scotian Shelf

Principal Investigator(s)

Blythe Chang
DFO St Andrews Biological Station, 531 Brandy Cove Rd, St Andrews, NB E5B 2H7
Tel.: (506) 529-5907
Email: blythe.chang@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Fred Page
DFO St Andrews Biological Station, 531 Brandy Cove Rd, St Andrews, NB E5B 2H7
Tel.: (506) 529-5935
Email: fred.page@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Team Member(s)

Randy Losier, DFO-Maritimes region

Paul McCurdy, DFO-Maritimes region