Collecting vital baseline data on the state of coastal ecosystems Oceans Protection Plan


March 2019

Canada’s coastal areas are vital to the livelihood of countless Indigenous and coastal communities. They are home to culturally and economically important fisheries, attract tourism and recreation, and allow the import and export of goods through responsible shipping. Under the Oceans Protection Plan, Fisheries and Oceans Canada is working with Indigenous and coastal communities, in addition to regional stakeholders, to develop and implement a Coastal Environmental Baseline Program.

The Coastal Environmental Baseline Program is a $50.8 million initiative focusing on the state of six marine ecosystems with high or increasing vessel traffic and coastline development, including: the Port of Vancouver, BC; the Port of Prince Rupert, BC; the Lower St. Lawrence Estuary, QC; the Port of Saint John, NB; Placentia Bay, NL; and Iqaluit, NU.

The following organizations will receive funding under the Coastal Environmental Baseline Program for research initiatives in the Port of Saint John:

Recipient Name of project Timeframe Funding amount
Eastern Charlotte Waterways Inc.
Blacks Harbour, New Brunswick
Establishing a nekton biodiversity baseline for estuarine environments in southwestern New Brunswick Four years $208,000
Eastern Charlotte Waterways
Blacks Harbour, New Brunswick
Establishing baselines for the sources and impacts of underwater noise in Saint John Harbour One year $111,820
Fundy North Fishermen’s Association
St. Andrews, New Brunswick
Mapping and ground-truthing of fish harvesters’ knowledge of surface currents in the Bay of Fundy area         Four years $306,185
Huntsman Marine Science Centre
St. Andrews, New Brunswick
Quantitative baseline survey of ichthyoplankton, invertebrate zooplankton and microplastics in Saint John Harbour       One year $83,917
Total: $709,922
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