Atlantic Zone Monitoring Program (AZMP)

This program was implemented in 1998. It involves the Gulf, Quebec, Maritimes and Newfoundland and Labrador regions of Fisheries and Oceans Canada.


The program's aim is to collect and analyze the biological, chemical and physical field data that are necessary to:

Sampling strategy

The sampling strategy is based on 4 components.

  1. Seasonal and opportunistic sampling along sections to quantify the oceanographic variability in the Canadian northwest Atlantic shelf region.
  2. Higher frequency temporal sampling at more accessible fixed sites to monitor the shorter time scale dynamics in representative areas.
  3. Fish survey and remote sensing data to provide broader spatial coverage and a context to interpret other data.
  4. Data from other existing monitoring programs, such as:
    • toxic algae monitoring
    • the water levels network
    • Continuous Plankton Recorder lines
    • nearshore long-term temperature monitoring

Terms of use

The data provided under this program can be redistributed and/or modified under the terms of the Government of Canada Open Data License Agreement.

The data are licensed as is. Fisheries and Oceans Canada:

Fisheries and Oceans Canada assumes no obligation or liability whatsoever for the provision of updates to the data.

Data are made public as they become available. Users should check the current status of data availability under "Data per occupation" to determine whether data sets have been checked for completeness.

We suggest you cite Atlantic Zone Monitoring Program data from this website in a publication with the following reference:

This citation should be done in addition to the direction under the page section labelled 'You must, where you do any of the above.'

Contact us

Email your questions about the program to

Research Document Data

Scotian Shelf, Gulf of Maine and Bay of Fundy

2014 Optical, chemical and biological oceanographic conditions

2013 Optical, chemical and biological oceanographic conditions

2012 Optical, chemical and biological oceanographic conditions

AZMP Publications

1. AZMP Bulletin

Every year, the AZMP Bulletin presents an annual review of the general oceanographic conditions in the Northwest Atlantic region, including the Gulf of St. Lawrence, as well as articles concerning particular events, studies, or activities that took place in the Canadian Atlantic Zone during the previous year. It is destined for oceanographers, fisheries scientists, habitat, environment managers, and the general public.

The Bulletins can be downloaded by clicking on the links below.

2. Founding documents

3. Primary Scientific Publications

4. Research Documents

4.1 DFO Canadian Technical Reports of Hydrography and Ocean Sciences

4.2 DFO Canadian Technical Reports of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences

4.3 DFO Canadian Manuscript Reports of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences

4.4 DFO Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat (CSAS)

4.5 Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO)

5. Science Advisory, Stock Status and Ecosystem Status Reports

5.1 DFO Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat (CSAS)

6. Council and Committee Studies and Proceedings Documents

6.1 DFO Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat (CSAS)

6.2 Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO)

6.3 International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES)

7. Presentations and Miscellaneous Publications

8. Other Primary Scientific Publications using AZMP Data

9. Other Publications

Intra-departmental partners

Other east coast or world ocean observational programs

Foundation operating the Continuous Plankton Recorder survey

Marine Data Discovery and Information Portals

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