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Atlantic Zone Monitoring Program (AZMP) DFO Quebec region phytoplankton
DFO. (2014). Atlantic Zone Monitoring Program (AZMP) DFO Quebec region phytoplankton. Version 1 In OBIS Canada Digital Collections. Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Dartmouth, NS, Canada. Published by OBIS. (consulted on [date])
Contact: Devine, Laure

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The Atlantic Zone Monitoring Program (AZMP) was implemented in 1998 with the aim of collecting and analyzing the biological, chemical, and physical data to detect and monitor seasonal and interannual variability in eastern Canadian waters. A full description of the program can be found in Therriault et al. 1998. Proposal for a northwest Atlantic zonal monitoring program. Can. Tech. Rep. Hydrogr. Ocean Sci. 194: vii+57pp. (available online at Additional information is available at the AZMP website The key element of the AZMP sampling strategy is the oceanographic sampling at fixed stations (every two weeks, conditions permitting) and along sections (1-3 times per year). more

Field sampling and laboratory analyses are carried out following well-established common protocols (Mitchell et al. 2002. Atlantic Zonal Monitoring Program sampling protocol. Can. Tech. Rep. Hydrogr. Ocean Sci. 223: iv + 23 pp.) Purpose: A comprehensive environmental monitoring program, building on existing monitoring activities, was designed and implemented in 1999 for the northwestern Atlantic with the aim of increasing the Department of Fisheries and Ocean's (DFO) capacity to understand, describe, and forecast the state of the ocean environment and marine ecosystem and to relate those changes to the predator-prey relationships of marine resources. Environmental monitoring should provide the data sets that are necessary to: (1) track and predict changes in productivity and ocean state; (2) respond to immediate questions posed by clients; (3) alert clients to short- and long-term environmental/ecosystem changes; and (4) provide adequate historical databases to address future issues. For example, environmental monitoring is needed to understand environment-fisheries interactions; to detect trends in climate changes as a basis for rational predictions; to validate oceanographic models; and to provide historical and on-line data for development and exploitation activities in fisheries, oil and gas, and marine transportation Phytoplankton samples collected by Quebec regional AZMP investigators are included in this dataset.

Biology > Phytoplankton
Marine, Phytoplankton species, ANW, Canada, St. Lawrence Gulf

Geographical coverage
ANW, Canada, St. Lawrence Gulf [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
5 May 1994 - 31 December 2013

Occurrence of biota

Government of Canada; Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), moredata creator

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Published in:
OBIS-Canada: Canadian Ocean Biogeographic Information System, more

Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Data origin: Monitoring: field survey
Metadatarecord created: 2015-04-24
Information last updated: 2015-04-24
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