Fisheries and Oceans Canada established a program to monitor aquatic invasive species (AIS) on the eastern Atlantic coast in 2006 (five Atlantic provinces). The objectives of this program are to detect new AIS as soon as possible, monitor their spread, and minimize the risk of their introduction and dispersal through awareness-raising and rapid response. Sampling efforts are concentrated at sites with the highest risk of AIS introductions, such as marinas, commercial, and fishing harbors, and aquaculture sites.
Data from this program for the Quebec region are disseminated through the Biodiversity application. Monitoring data are provided as either presence/absence or percent cover of AIS surveyed.
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This monitoring program is conducted in close collaboration with Merinov, aquaculture farmers, ZIP committees, as well as marina, and commercial and fishing port managers.