Aquatic Biota Monitoring
Aquatic monitoring activities have been conducted on a wide variety of aquatic resources for a diverse set of objectives and information needs. In general these activities are intended to provide information on compliance with regulations, establish the aquatic resource conditions or status, measure the effectiveness of management and regulatory programs, and supply information to policy planning.
Activities of aquatic biota monitoring include the following:
- Physico-Chemical Parameters - water quality parameters usually assessed in situ for aquatic environments are Dissolved Oxygen (DO), Salinity, Alkalinity (pH) and Temperature.
- Freshwater and Estuarine Environments – benthic fauna is collected and the economic and/or ecological importance of these organisms is determined.
- Marine Environment - Several biotic communities, including corals, fisheries and plankton are monitored.
The data obtained for the various aquatic communities are subjected to statistical and analytical tools. Graphical representations to facilitate understanding of the results are provided in a report.