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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 occurrence 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 Participating Groups

Areas and participating groups
Contact information
Angela Douglas
(902) 218-2594
Monica Boudreau
(506) 851-6727
Shippagan, Lameque
Verts Rivages
(506) 888-5271
Gestion H2O - Partenariat pour la gestion intégrée du bassin versant de la baie de Caraquet
(506) 727-4543
L'Association des Bassins Versants de la Grande et Petite Rivière de Tracadie
(506) 395-3875
Comité de Gestion Environnementale de la Rivière Pokemouche
(506) 764-5201
Tabusintac Watershed Association
Association du basin versant de Tabusintac
(506) 779-1185
Miramichi River Environmental Assessment Committee
(506) 778-8591
Eel Ground
Eel Ground First Nation
Fisheries Resource Centre
(506) 627-4600
Elsipogtog First Nation
(506) 523-8263
The Friends of Kouchibouguacis
Les Ami(e)s de la Kouchibouguacis 
(506) 876-3474
Bouctouche & Cocagne
Southeastern Anglers Association
Association des pêcheurs récréatifs du sud-est
(506) 576-2118
Shediac River et Scoudouc River
Shediac Bay Watershed Association
Association du basin versant de la baie de Shédiac
(506) 533-8880
Friends of the Pugwash Estuary
(902) 243-3580
North Colchester River Restoration Association
(902) 957-0032
Antigonish Harbour Watershed Association
Mabou Harbour Coastal Management Planning Committee
Gulf Aquarium and Marine Station Cooperative
(902) 224-1623
Brudenell-Montague, Murray River, Pinette River
Southeast Environmental Association
 (902) 838-3351
Bedeque Bay Environmental Management Association
Desable River
DeSable River Enhancement & Activity Management Inc.
(902) 658-2387   (902) 658-2907
Mill River
Mill River Watershed Improvement Committee
(902) 859-1504
Basin Head Lagoon
Done by DFO since it’s an marine protected area
Complété par MPO car c’est une zone de protection marine
(506) 851-6727
Trout River
Trout River Environmental Committee
(902) 213-9340
Souris & Area Branch PEI Wildlife Federation
(902) 687-3436
Malpeque Bay
Kensington North Watershed Association 

Richmond Bay Watershed Association Inc

(902) 432-4988
Hillsborough Harbour

Abegweit First Nation 
Hillsborrough River Association 

(902)-676-2353 (ext:108),

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