Develop an “aquatic invasive species” component at the St. Lawrence Global Observatory

Context and project description

The St. Lawrence Global Observatory (SLGO) manages an Internet portal that includes scientific and general information regarding the entire St. Lawrence ecosystem, based on data provided by a network of federal, provincial, university and private organizations. Largely interactive and visual, the portal aims to provide the entire community with access to the knowledge needed to make decisions in various areas, such as public safety, the fight against climate change, maritime transportation and resource management. The SLGO is located in the premises of the Institut des sciences de la mer (marine sciences institute) in Rimouski.

Although several partners and collaborators of the St. Lawrence Action Plan produce a wide variety of data regarding aquatic invasive species, the SLGO currently has no page on that theme, which is a concern for scientists and environmentalists. It is to resolve this lack that officials at the SLAP agreed to develop an “aquatic invasive species” component on the Observatory’s portal.

Results

A web page is currently being developed for the OGSL website. It will present an overview of the aquatic invasive species in the St. Lawrence. The content of the new page is yet to be determined, but it should identify the aquatic invasive species and map the locations where they have been found in the marine section of the St. Lawrence. The web page will supplement the information disseminated by the data-producing partners of the St. Lawrence Action Plan and will be a focal point – with links to other sources – for anyone seeking information about aquatic invasive species.

Participating departments

Government of Canada

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Government of Quebec

  • Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques
  • Ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation