Estuary Monitoring Program

Each summer BBEMA staff collect important data that helps to monitor the present health status of the Bedeque Bay estuary – using a 30 meter beach seine to capture and later release live, small fish and crustaceans.

The following biological data is collected at each site:

  • identification of fish and crustacean species;
  • numbers of fish and crustaceans;
  • water temperature, salinity and dissolved oxygen;
  • general aquatic vegetation profiles;
  • sediment samples; water samples

With this information, scientists working with government agencies and universities can undertake nutrient analyses, organic loading assessments, and changes in of the aquatic community structure. With this in hand, identification of cause may be determined and actions put into place to mitigate potential negative impacts.

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