Fisheries and Oceans Canada established a program to monitor aquatic invasive species (AIS) on the eastern Atlantic coast in 2006 (activities into the five Atlantic provinces). The objectives of this program are to detect new AIS as soon as possible, to monitor their spread, and minimize the risk of their introduction and dispersal through raising awareness of the issue and rapid response. Data from this program for the Quebec region are disseminated through the Biodiversity application of the Global Observatory of the St. Lawrence. Monitoring data are provided as either presence/absence or percent cover (of settlement collectors).
In Quebec, the covered territory is divided into three maritime sectors: Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Gaspésie and Côte-Nord of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The number of sites sampled varies between sectors and between years for a given sector. The program began in 2006 for the Îles-de-la-Madeleine and Gaspésie sectors and in 2009 for the Côte-Nord sector.
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This monitoring program is conducted in close collaboration with Merinov, aquaculture farmers, and managers of marinas and commercial and fishing ports.