Citizen Science Angling Program

Clean Annapolis River Project (CARP), and project partners have developed a volunteer based, citizen science angling program that will allow for ongoing monitoring and potential early detection of aquatic invasive species (AIS). The program will run from 2019-2021 as a pilot phase. Each volunteer is asked to visit the same site(s) on a repeated basis; this means visiting multiple times each fishing season, and visiting the same site each year. Anglers will record and report on species caught/observed and provide reports to the program coordinator at the end of the season. In the case the AIS are detected, this information will immediately be reported to NS Fisheries and Aquaculture.

If you would like to participate in this program here are the steps to follow:

  1. E-mail our project Leader, Sam Hudson so that she can follow up with an information package and other materials.

  2. Sign and return the volunteer waiver form by e-mail or mail.

  3. Complete the online training materials provided by Sam, this includes an online quiz (Sam will provide the link when you resister); don't worry it is relatively quick and easy to complete. 

  4. Choose the area/system that you will want to fish on an ongoing basis and identify the corresponding grade code using the maps below. You will start by selecting the Recreational Fishing Area (RFA) for your location. Click the link for your RFA to open a more detailed map, which you can use to find the grid square(s) for your location. Record the codes for these squares. 

  5. Make sure you have purchased a fishing license for the season you are angling within. For most places and species, you will require a provincial license. If you are fishing in National Parks (ie: Kejimkujik National Park, Cape Breton Highlands National Park), a National Parks Fishing Permit (license) is required. Read the Anglers Handbook to ensure you have the appropriate license and are aware of the open seasons and locations. 

  6. Be aware of any safety concerns and make sure you are familiar with the area(s) where you will be angling (nearby wildlife, weather conditions, environmental hazards, ticks and mosquitos, etc.), along with having a first aid kit on site.

  7. Once per week (or as time permits and allows) fish within your assigned site (grid), making sure to fill out the angler diary and any observations.
    Do not worry if you don’t find any aquatic invasive species (AIS)! It is important to keep in mind that not seeing AIS is a good thing; this data will give us an idea of where AIS currently exist in the province.

  8. You can submit your observations throughout the season, or wait until the end of the season. Observations can be submitted using iNaturalist. Sam will provide guidance on how to do this. In the case that you observe aquatic invasive species, please submit your observation data immediately. 

After the fishing season...

  1. Ensure all of your observations are submitted to iNaturalist; If you do not wish to create an iNaturalist account, you may give CARP permission to submit observations on your behalf.

  2. Submit your angler diaries to a drop off location nearest to you. You will be provided with a list of addresses when you register.  You can also mail your angler diaries to the Clean Annapolis River Project.

  3. After you submit your angler diary, you will receive your choice of a fishing badge featuring the endangered Atlantic salmon or Atlantic whitefish 

  4. Complete our quick and easy feedback survey. This will be provided to you through email as the end of fishing season approaches. The feedback surveys will allow CARP to modify the program as needed, and will be an opportunity for anglers to provide feedback on how the first year of the multiyear program went.

J. Trimm


J. Trimm


Find your angling location(s):
In order to identify the grid reference codes for the areas you plan to fish, please begin by selecting the appropriate "Recreational Fishing Area" for your area from the list below. The hyperlink will take you to a more detailed set of maps for that RFA.  
1. Victoria, Inverness, Richmond & Cape Breton Counties
2. Antigonish, Pictou & Guysborough Counties
3. Halifax Regional Municipality & Lunenburg
4. Queens, Shelburne, Yarmouth & Digby Counties
5. Annapolis, Kings & Hants Counties
6. Cumberland & Colchester Counties

Thank you to our project funders: