Atlantic Canada Shellfish Water Quality Protection ProgramEntry ID: gomc_16
Abstract: Monitoring data and results are published in departmental reports.
This program is designed to protect consumers of shellfish from health hazards
associated with bacterial contamination through the monitoring of shellfish
growing waters. The water sampling program along the New Brunswick coastline
of Gulf of Maine is carried out under the cooperative bacterial monitoring
... program with the local community group (Eastern Charlotte Waterways Inc). Water
samples are analyzed for fecal coliform bacteria (Most Probable Number [MPN]
per 100ml, using the 5-tube MPN method). Other parameters such as water
temperature and salinity are also measured. Other relevant observations such as
pollution sources, weather, antecedent precipitation, shellfish resource and
aquaculture sites, tidal conditions, etc. are also maintained in the database.
Waterbody or Watershed Names: Yarmouth; St. Mary's Bay; Annapolis Basin; Avon
River; Shubenacadie River; Minas/Cobequid; Cumberland Basin; Shepody Shore;
Fundy Shore; St. John River; Magaguadavic Bay; At. Croix River
Purpose: The purpose of the CSSP is to ensure that all bivalve molluscan
shellfish growing areas meet approved federal water quality criteria, that
pollution sources to these areas are identified and that all shellfish for
human consumption are harvested, transported and processed in an approved
Sponsor: Environment Canada
Additional Information OR ... Comments: Addditional Contact:
Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island
Maritimes Weather Centre
(902) 426-9200; John.Parker@ec.gc.ca
Materials and Methods: Water samples are collected from selective stations as
prescribed by the Canadian Shellfish Sanitation Program - Manual of Operation.
These samples are collected on a random basis in an attempt to encounter as
wide a variety of tidal, meteorological, and other conditions as possible in
areas where shellfish harvesting is likely to occur. Samples are collected in
steriled Nalgene bottles and transported on ice to the laboratory for analysis.
Analytical techniques for fecal coliform and quality assurance procedures are
in accordance with Canadian Shellfish Sanitation Program guidelines.
A comprehensive sanitary survey is composed of the Bacteriological Survey and
the Shoreline Survey. The former refers to the measurement of fecal material in
the growing areas and the latter describes the studies required to identify and
quantify the pollution sources and to estimate the movement, dilution and
dispersion of pollutants in the receiving environment.
Sample Site Locations: There are approximately 900 sampling stations along the
coast of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick in the Gulf of Maine. The sampling sites
are concentrated on where the shellfish resource are located and where problem
areas are known or suspected. Sampling locations are established with GPS with
geo-reference (longitude/latitude and UTM) and descriptions.
Number of Samples Collected: There are approximately 900 sampling stations.
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Start Date: 1948-01-01
Quality The Canadian Shellfish Sanitation Program (CSSP) follows closely the American
National Shellfish Sanitation Program (NSSP) guidelines.
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Role: DIF AUTHOR
Phone: (902) 426-3664
Fax: (506) 451-6010
Email: joe.kozak at ec.gc.ca
Environment Canada Burrard Building 401 Burrard Street
Province or State: British Columbia
Postal Code: V6C 3C5
Recommended Procedures for the Examination of Sea Water and Shellfish, American
Public Health Association (1970), Standard Methods for the Examination of Water
and Wastewater, APHA, (1999) National Shellfish Sanitation Program (1995),
Canadian Shellfish Sanitation Program, Manual of Operations (1992)
Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2006-08-09
Last DIF Revision Date: 2009-04-14