Aquaculture Development Area in the Municipality of the District of Argyle

The Province of Nova Scotia and the Municipality of the District of Argyle have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to explore the potential of an Aquaculture Development Area (ADA) for shellfish and marine plant aquaculture. ADAs identify areas for potential marine aquaculture development through a science-based collaborative review process. Ecological, economic, and social

Coastal Monitoring Program

CMAR collects data on Essential Ocean Variables to support and inform science-based development of coastal industry, guide government policy and management decisions, encourage environmental stewardship, and ensure preparedness for climate change. Since 2017, CMAR has conducted high-resolution monitoring of Nova Scotia’s coastal waters. This monitoring primarily includes temperature, dissolved oxygen, and intermittent salinity measurements,

Current Profiles of Coastal Waters

CMAR works with the Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture (NSDFA) and marine service providers to deploy Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers (ADCP) to measure current speed and direction at coastal locations throughout Nova Scotia. Deployment locations and downloadable reports can be accessed below in the ADCP map.

Development of Aerial Drones to Meet Water Sample Collection Requirements of the CSSP

The Canadian Shellfish Sanitation Program (CSSP) tests water samples for the presence of bacteria to ensure shellfish are safe for human consumption. Current water sampling methods are logistically challenging, expensive, and typically require repeated vessel-based sampling. The Centre for Marine Applied Research and Spiri Robotics are developing an aerial drone as an innovative approach

Economic Impact Study on the Aquaculture Industry in Nova Scotia

CMAR commissioned an economic impact assessment of the aquaculture industry in Nova Scotia. The report describes the benefits of the aquaculture industry on the Nova Scotia economy, its potential for future expansion, and some of the challenges the industry might face. You can view the executive summary here.  The full report contains confidential business

Exposure Modeling

CMAR is developing exposure models to assist aquaculture operators in choosing infrastructure to withstand extreme weather events and to select sites less likely to be affected by a high wave and current action. CMAR captures a range of wave and current data from around the province to validate exposure models with funding from the

Leveraging CIOOS to Accelerate Industry

CMAR is part of Canada’s Ocean Supercluster’s project to centralize oceanographic, biological and socioeconomic data into the Canadian Integrated Ocean Observing System (CIOOS). Through collaboration between the aquaculture and renewable energy sectors, oceanographic sensors will be deployed and maintained, data will be collected, verified and integrated into a centralized database, and tools will be

Managing Aquaculture and Eelgrass Interactions in Nova Scotia

Eelgrass is the primary seagrass species in Atlantic Canada. It is an ‘Ecologically Significant Species’ and protected under federal legislation through a prohibition on the harmful alteration, disruption, or destruction of fish habitat. The Centre for Marine Applied Research (CMAR) has produced a comprehensive report on the potential for interaction of shellfish and finfish

Nearshore Ice Monitoring and Analysis

Understanding nearshore ice dynamics is critical to mitigating risk and optimizing the placement of aquaculture infrastructure. CMAR and Nova Scotia Community College’s Applied Geomatics Research Group (NSCC-AGRG) assessed methodologies of traditional ice charts in combination with aerial imagery from Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), helicopters and remote sensing, to recommend best practices for mapping and

Resource Map for Marine Users

A challenge for sustainable development on Nova Scotia's coastal areas is that information on the province's infrastructure and service support is not readily accessible. While most of the required information exists in various forms and locations, it takes considerable amounts of effort to consolidate and package this data into usable information. The objective of

Supporting the Development of Offshore Aquaculture

Developing aquaculture facilities further offshore, in the open ocean, has the potential to significantly increase production while avoiding some of the environmental issues and conflicts currently being faced by the coastal aquaculture industry. Due to its size and proximity to key markets, there is strong potential to develop offshore aquaculture in Canadian waters, particularly

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