Fisheries & Aquatics

A Benthic Bug’s Life

All life depends on water. Monitoring the health of water bodies, such as streams and lakes, is extremely important to ensure we manage this vital resource effectively. We can assess aquatic communities with a suite of biological, chemical, and physical measurements to form a picture of overall aquatic health. To test for chemicals, water samples can be used to provide a snapshot of nutrients, trace metals and alkalinity in the water at a specific point in time (when the sample was taken), while monitoring of physical measurements, like benthic macroinvertebrates, provides an assessment of chronic effects over time. Collecting both chemical and physical data provides a comprehensive approach for evaluating aquatic health and are complements to Benthic Biomonitoring.

Drip, Drip… Who’s There?

Invisible genetic codes in streams and lakes reveal what species are present!

Finding certain species in aquatic environments can be challenging. Accurately and precisely mapping where they are can be time consuming and costly. Environmental DNA (eDNA) is a rapidly growing technology that’s use is skyrocketing to monitor fish and amphibians in complex environments. Learn more about this ‘go to’ approach and why industry, government and environmental professionals are using it to address various challenges.

Navigating the Revised Fisheries Act (2019)

The Government of Canada’s Bill C-68, an Act to amend the Fisheries Act received Royal Assent in July 2019. On August 28, 2019, the Fish and Fish Habitat Protection Program and its associated provisions came into force. The Fisheries Act is one of Canada’s oldest and most important environmental laws and was first enacted in 1868, one year after the Nation’s confederation!

Navigating the changes to the Act can be challenging, AJM has created a summary to provide you a brief look at how the changes may impact your projects.

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