Shippagan Bay Survey 2003

Between July 2nd and August 13th 2003, a multiparameter acoustic survey was conducted of Shippagan Bay and the area north of Caraquet Island. The survey was carried out as part of a joint research project between the Gulf Fisheries Centre (DFO, Moncton) and the Ocean Mapping Group (UNB, Fredericton). The aim of the survey was to test the effectiveness of acoustic mapping tools for the purposes of delineating seabed habitat.

The survey revolved around the use of the C.S.L. Heron, a 10m survey launch belonging to the Canadian Hydrographic Service (DFO Science, Bedford Institute of Oceanography). The Heron has been outfitted by the Ocean Mapping Group with a variety of sensors to test software algorithms developed at the OMG.

The main survey was focussed within Shippagan Bay. The Bay is approximately 15 km long in a north south direction and the main exchange of water is to the Bay of Chaleur to the North. A small, but not insignificant exchange of water takes place through Shippagan Gully to the South, bringing in water from the main Gulf of St. Lawrence. The area is one of extensive inshore fisheries (lobster, crab and herring) as well as acquaculture (mussels and oysters) and is there are a significant number of fish processing plants that discharge effluent into the bay.

In addition to the main Shippagan Bay, survey, a second survey was conducted to cover a region north of Caraquet Island where  there has been extensive groundtruthing. In this area, video-tow, grab, towed sidescan  and QTC view echo character data have been acquired. The aim is to compare the data collected by the Heron with previous attempts to characterise seabed habitat.

These web pages allow DFO and UNB scientists, as well as members of the local community, full access to all the processed data acquired as part of the project. Additional data including ADCP current meter and MVP-30 underway CTD information will be posted as it becomes available.

The data presented here are initial in nature and will be subjected to continual reprocessing as part of research within the Ocean Mapping Group.

To access the full resolution 1m data go here.

To access the 2m data, including subbottom profiling, go here.

last modified 29th September 2003 by John E. Hughes Clarke.