The development of video monitoring methods and management thresholds to characterize the fish farm impacts on hard-bottom substrates

PARR-2010-P-10

Description

Previous work has recommended benthic monitoring tools and management thresholds to minimize benthic impacts originating from fish farms. Although these tools were cost-effective, practical, accepted by the scientific community, and readily available in Canada, they were largely applicable to soft-sediment substrates. This project identifies and tests benthic sampling methods to monitor, quantify, and evaluate potential impacts to hard-bottom substrates in British Columbia and Newfoundland. A classification system will be developed to identify the effects of farm waste deposition on hard-bottom substrates. Another goal is to update a sampling decision tree to provide a comprehensive framework integrating both hard- and mixed-bottom monitoring techniques. This will avoid duplication of effort and decrease costs to industry and regulatory agencies when conducting environmental assessments.

Program Name

Program for Aquaculture Regulatory Research (PARR)

Year(s)

2010 - 2013

Ecoregion(s)

National

Principal Investigator(s)

Terri Sutherland
DFO, 4160 Marine Dr, West Vancouver, BC V7V 1N6
Tel.: (604) 666-8537
Email: Terri.sutherland@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Team Member(s)

Gehan Mabrouk, DFO-Newfoundland region

Danny Ings, DFO-Newfoundland region

March Klaver, DFO-Pacific region

Carol Grant, DFO-Newfoundland region

Lisa Noble, DFO-Newfoundland region