Science, Research and
Working Group’s specific objective is to assist the Coalition-SGSL
in achieving its vision and implement its mandates in all aspects
that concern science and research. Members of the group include
scientists, local residents and research organizations. The group’s
quarterly meetings are an opportunity to connect with like minded
individuals from across the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence. Here
members can advise the Coalition-SGSL’s direction regarding
research and science especially related to habitat health.
In the course of the last ten years, the group has developed a
preliminary list of indicators for identifying the sustainability
of the Southern Gulf of St.Lawrence. You can find more information
and view reports from this work on the Sustainability Indicators
webpage. The group is now looking at ways to move forward
with these indicators by working with provincial and municipal
groups developing sustainability plans for communities.
The Science, Research and Habitat Group is also involved with
spearheading the Community
Aquatic Monitoring Program (CAMP).
This program helps community
groups with monitoring the health of estuaries in their watershed.
The Coalition-SGSL is the coordinating body for CAMP. We hire
several summer students every year that help the community groups
of the Maritime Provinces with CAMP, ie. scheduling, sampling,
transfer of equipment, entering data, quality control, volunteer
training and education, etc.
A sunny summer day for doing CAMP.
The Science, Research and Habitat group also supervises various
Coalition-SGSL projects that involve cross-province and
cross-sector research. For example, the group oversaw the work of
the Social Economic Cultural Overview Assessment
collaboration with eight researchers, the Department of Fisheries
and Oceans and several local groups. Currently, the group also
provides advice for the implementation of the Coastal
Communities Challenges — Community University Research Alliance
One of the key actions of the group members is to bring to the
attention of the Coalition-SGSL research and science projects that
can help further our vision. In this way, the Coalition-SGSL played
an important role in helping create the Northumberland Strait
Environmental Monitoring Partnerships which is focused on
developing a regional monitoring framework for the Northumberland
Strait to assess cumulative effects.
Being a member of the Science, Research and Habitat Volunteer
Working Group is not only an opportunity to learn and exchange up
to date information about science and research, it is also an
opportunity to contribute actively to the sustainability of the
Southern Gulf of St.Lawrence.
For more information about the Science, Research and Habitat
Volunteer Working Group please contact:
Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Biologist
Interested in getting involved with a Volunteer Group, but aren’t
sure where to apply your expertise?