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Community Aquatic Monitoring Program (CAMP)

What is CAMP?
It is a standardized monitoring exercise which employs a beach seine to capture, count and release fish and marco-invertebrates along various estuaries in the Southern Gulf of St.Lawrence during the summer months. In addition, the exercise includes monitoring the quality of water for temperature, turbidity, salinity, dissolved oxygen using a YSI 85 hand-held probe; and testing for nutrient analyses (nitrate, nitrite, phosphate, ammonia and silicate). CAMP succeeds in doing all this with the participation of community groups and their volunteers to safely monitor their local estuaries in a consistent format. These groups are situated along or near the 35 sample sites throughout the provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island along the Southern Gulf of St.Lawrence, with approximately 19 of these sites in the Northumberland Strait.
The project includes training the summer student coordinators and the community groups, and their volunteers, where they learn the methodology and protocols for sampling their estuaries. Recruited volunteers include students, seniors, community group board members, etc. By engaging these volunteers in the CAMP monitoring activities, citizens become educated about their local estuaries and are more apt to adopt sustainable practices in order to conserve them.
Counting the aquatic species collected through CAMP permits each group to quantify in their respective estuaries the diversity of aquatic and invasive species in each sampling site and to compare trends over time. Monitoring these indicators allows groups to document estuary changes and to react quickly to any problems. 
Typically, sampling stations are selected by considering the following criteria: convenient road access to the shore; presence or past occurence of some degree of eelgrass, comparable physical characteristics such as salinity, depth, bottom type and vegetation and selection of 6 stations to incorporate and characterize the entire estuary as much as possible. Finally, some stations within a site were chosen to capture a specific concern of point source pollution such as fish processing plant or sewage treatment plant for example.
The link below brings you to a recent Department of Fisheries and Oceans technical report that was written by MArie-Hélène Thériault and Simon Courtenay on the results of the calibration exercise for the CAMP nutrient analyses.

CAMP Participatin Groups

Contact Information
Participating Groups
New Brunswick
Bertin Gauvin comite.havre[@]
506-344-3113 (office)
Shippagan, Lameque
La Coalition pour la viabilité de l’environnement
de Shippagan et des Îles Lamèque et Miscou inc.
Annick Poirier, info[@]
(506) 727-4543
Partenariat pour la gestion intégrée du bassin versant de la baie de Caraquet
Joannie Theriault, clubcp[@]
(506) 395-3875
L'Association des Bassins Versants de la Grande et Petite Rivière de Tracadie
Élie Roussell gestionenvironnementale[@]
(506) 727-7201 (bureau)
Comité de Gestion Environnementale de la Rivière Pokemouche
 Billie-Joe Fowler, tabusintacwatershed[@] 
Tabusintac Watershed Association
Association du basin versant de Tabusintac
Harry Collins, mreac[@]
Kara Baisley, mreac[@]
Miramichi River Environmental Assessment Committee
Claudia Larry claudialarry[@]
(506) 627-2730 (office)
Eel Ground First Nation
Fisheries Resource Centre
Blayne Peter, oyster[@]
(506)-523-8263 (office)
Elsipogtog First Nation
Anita Doucet kouchib6[@]
(506)876-3474 office
Charles Cormier (technician)
Firmin Leblanc (Parc Canada) 506-876-1235
Friends of Kouchibouguacis River
Les amis de la rivière Kouchibouguacis 
Remi Donelle  cbvk[@]
(506) 576-8247 (office)
Bouctouche et Cocagne
Coalition des bassins versants de Kent/ Kent watershed coalition
Julien Bourgeois, sbwa[@]
(506) 533-8880 office
Erika Dawson  (technicienne)
Shediac River et Scoudouc River
Shediac Bay Watershed Association
Association du basin versant de la baie de Shédiac
Marie-Helene Mercier, info[@]
(506) 577-2071 (office)
Joel Privé (technicien)
Vision H2O
Roland Chiasson, roland.chiasson[@]
506-538-2288 (office)  506-538-2220 (front desk)
Cape Jourimain
Cape Jourimain Nature Centre
Centre d’interprétation de la nature Cape Jourimain
506-851-6276 (office)

Anne Turcotte anne.turcotte[@]
(506) 393-3036 truck 506-395-8197
Chantal Gagnon coord[@]
Nova Scotia

Alice Power, a.power[@]
902-243-3580 (office) 
Friends of the Pugwash Estuary
Edward Sampson, edward.sampson[@]
North Colchester River Restoration Association
Heather Mayhew hmpmayhew[@]
Antigonish Harbour Watershed Association
Lonna Beaton lonnabeaton[@]
(902) 945-2156
Mabou Harbour Coastal Management Planning Committee
Gretchen Noyes-Hull gnh[@]
902-224-1623 (office)
Gulf Aquarium and Marine Station Cooperative
Jack MacNeil  902-863-5670 ext (2230)
Paul Boyd 902-863-5670 ext (2231)
Prince Edward Island

Sara Jane Bell, sea[@]
(902) 838-3351 (office)
Brudenell-Montague, Murray River, Pinette River Southeast Environmental Association
Tracy Brown staff[@]
 (902) 886-3211 (office)
Bedeque Bay Environmental Management Association
Cindy Newson desablemotel[@]
Desable River
DeSable River Enhancement & Activity Management Inc.
Al Peters apeters[@]
 (902) 859-1504 (office)
Mill River
Mill River Watershed Improvement Committee
Randy Power, 902-566-7839 (office)
Basin Head Lagoon
Done by DFO since it’s an MPA
Sally Bernard, sallywb[@[
Mike MacDonald (technician)
Trout River
Trout River Environmental Committee
Fred Cheverie, fredc[@]
(902) 687-3436 (office)
Souris & Area Branch PEI Wildlife Federation
Barry Murray,
(902) 836-5253
Cathy Gallant, richmondbaywatershed[@]
902-854-3414  (office)
Malpeque Bay - Kensington North Watershed Association 
Malpeque Bay- Richmond Bay Watershed Association Inc
Roger Sark, fisheries[@]
(902)-676-2353 (ext:108),
Angela Douglas addouglas[@]
902-620-5016 (office) 
Hillsborough Harbour
Abegweit First Nation 

Hillsborrough River Association 
Randy Power randy.g.power[@]
(902) 566-7839 (office)
Katherine V. Low katherine.low[@] (902)370-4470 (office)

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