Oceanographic Data Collection

Oceanography is the study of world’s oceans and can be broken down to study the physical, chemical, biological, and geological components of an ocean, or region within. The Fishermen and Scientists Research Society collects much of its data on the biological components of the Scotia-Fundy Shelf of the Atlantic Ocean through various research projects on lobster, mackerel and other marine species.

Work is also carried out to collect information on the physical oceanographic factors of the waters and is done so via three main methods:

  • Fishermen's sea surface temperature readers on their sounders.
  • Bottom temperatures from Minilog temperature recorders. For more information on temperature recorders please visit VEMCO.
  • Water column profiles by using 2 Seabird CTD units (conductivity, temperature, and depth). For more information on CTDs please visit Sea-Bird Electronics, Inc.

More recent work is underway to deploy long-term temperature moorings in nearshore areas along the province to look at annual changes in bottom, mid, and surface temperatures of the water column. For more information regarding these moorings you can check out our Nearshore Temperature Monitoring Program page.