CMAR collects data on important environmental variables to inform decision making for aquaculture development and other coastal activities.
Since 2017, CMAR has conducted high resolution monitoring of Nova Scotia coastal waters. This data primarily includes variables such as temperature, dissolved oxygen, and salinity.
CMAR currently maintains and supports over 40 sensor strings. The processed data is available on Nova Scotia’s Open Data Portal. Summary reports are being produced for each county.
Coastal monitoring data is crucial to Nova Scotia’s aquaculture industry. Preexisting environmental data can eliminate the exploration of undesirable aquaculture areas from the onset and avoid upfront assessment costs. These data also help determine suitable site locations based on the physiological requirements of species cultured, reduce risk and maximize production.
In addition to supporting aquaculture decisions, CMAR’s coastal monitoring data supports climate change research and fisheries management.
Environmental variables summarized for select counties can be viewed below.
As a first step, CMAR wrote a preliminary report reviewing the potential impacts of climate change on coastal communities in Nova Scotia, and is due for release in mid-2021.”