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All Welcome to Assist with Fish Sampling in Malpeque Bay

(2013-08-07) Everyone is welcome to join Kensington North Watershed Association staff to assist in sampling for small fish in Malpeque Bay on Tuesday, August 13. This is done through the Community Aquatic Monitoring Program (CAMP) which is run by the Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans.

The CAMP program was started in 2003 as a means to monitor small fish and macro invertebrates (shrimp, crab) in estuaries across the Maritimes. A beach seine is used to collect samples at three locations along the east side of Malpeque Bay. The catch is separated by species, counted, and returned live to the water. The data is used to monitor the health of estuaries over a period of time, and alert users to changes and invasive species. There are 35 CAMP sites being sampled in the three Maritime Provinces this year.

In addition, the exercise includes monitoring the quality of water for temperature, turbidity, salinity and dissolved oxygen, and testing for nutrient analyses. The data is collected and documented by the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence Coalition on Sustainability. This is the fourth year that Kensington North has participated in the CAMP program. More information is available at

The sampling is being done 3 times in 2013. For our final sampling, Kensington North is inviting all those who may be interested in assisting and observing to meet with us in the parking lot of the Malpeque United Church in Malpeque, at 12:00 noon on Tuesday Aug. 13. This is a fun event for children as well. It will take about 3 hours to sample the 3 sites - stay as long as you wish.

Hope to see you there!

The article can be found online in The County Line Courier, Vol. 21, No. 15, Pg. 21.

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