Coastal Marine Resource Mapping Project
The Coastal Marine Resources Mapping Project was jointly
funded by Human Resources Development, Western Valley Development Authority, Fisheries and
Oceans (Habitat Branch), Digby Industrial Commission and the Town of Bridgetown. The
project was designed to identify various marine resources in Digby and Annapolis Counties.
By identifying these resources the area hopes not only to ensure their sustainability but
also to move towards utilizing these non traditional sectors as a source of employment, in
an effort to replace jobs lost with the decline of the Atlantic Fishery.
Data was collected from all levels of the government and
industry, with the bulk of the data coming from interviewing local people working or who
formerly worked within the marine sector. In many instances it was the first time data of
this nature was collected. Field data collectors used maps when conducting interviews to
allow participants to accurately locate specific areas of activity. After the data was
collected and documented it was presented at an "open house" where the data was
discussed and could be refuted or confirmed by all groups involved.
The completed project produced a hard copy atlas
consisting of 61 1:10 000 36"x42"map sheets and four Canadian Hydrographic
sheets and a digitized version of the atlas to be stored on a PC. Resources identified
included such things as herring weir locations, scallop and lobster fishing zones, the
locations of wharves, processing plants and boat builders. The project also classified
shoreline types (i.e.: cobble beech, salt marsh etc) as well as identifying accommodation,
restaurant, shipwreck and lighthouse locations.
The research team consisted of a contract
cartographer/project manager and three local former fisheries workers trained as field
data collectors. The research team worked with a mapping sub-committee comprised of
volunteer business people and members of the community and was co-ordinated by a member of
the Western Valley Development Authority.
Upon completion of the project the hard copy atlas and the
digitized version will be housed in the Marine Resource Centre of Excellence at the
Cornwallis Business Park.
The Centre was established to provide local organizations
and businesses with training and research facilities and resources to aid in a community
based approach to coastal zone management. Fishing, educational, research and
environmental groups and organizations will utilize the centre. Currently the centre is
working with a local clam digger to develop a management board as well as working with St
Francis Xavier University Extensions to develop an Aquatic Studies Program.
Digby Neck Eco-Tourism Mapping Project
The Digby Neck Eco-Tourism mapping project was a
six-month long initiative to create a high-end guide to aid people visiting Digby Neck and
the Islands. Data was collected on the areas of ecological interest and on Ecotourism
activities in the area. This information was then digitized and a full colour brochure
produced consisting of a detailed map of Brier Island, Long Island and Digby Neck. The map
showcases areas of ecological interest as well as general tourism information. The
brochure is not only to direct visitors to points of interest but also to educate them
about the area's geology, geography, marine and bird life as well as land ecology. It is
hoped that by better educating visitors about the ecological importance of this area
visitors will travel the area in a non-destructive manner and truly gain an appreciation
for what it has to offer.
Golden Crest Study
The Nova Scotia Museum recently gave a Rare Species Research Grant to Ruth Newell and
Gini Proulx to document the occurrence of Golden Crest
(Liphiola aurea) in the Digby Neck and Islands region.