Climate change is increasing global ocean temperatures and causing reduction in pH and oxygen. Global sea level is also rising at an accelerating rate, increasing the risk of coastal erosion and flooding. Nova Scotia is highly dependent on coastal resources for employment and infrastructure,and climate change is a threat to coastal communities and industries.
The American lobster (Homarus americanus) fishery is the most profitable commercial fishery in Atlantic Canada, valued at ~$1.5 billion in 2019. Due, in part, to the chaotic nature of the beginning of the lobster season, immobile lobster can arrive at lobster pounds. Under current Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) guidelines, these lobsters are considered
In collaboration with CMAR and the Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture (NSDFA), Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) initiated an acoustical telemetry research project to better understand potential interactions between finfish aquaculture, lobster and crab. Over eighty acoustic receivers were deployed in a bottom-grid around a fallowed Atlantic salmon aquaculture site in Liverpool Bay,
CMAR is investigating a mechanism to determine when a lobster is dead or if it can be processed. Findings will mitigate potential value loss due to misclassification of lobster that could otherwise be processed since dead lobsters are ineligible to be processed. The current definition of "dead" according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is
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