Effect of off-bottom oyster aquaculture on coastal bird populations
The coastal ecosystem of Prince Edward Island (PEI) represents an interface between the open marine waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the sandstone, densely populated province of PEI. It is one of the wildest landscapes remaining in PEI and hosts several species at risk (including the endangered piping plover and red knot). This research is part of a larger project to more fully understand the dynamics of coastal ecosystems. By examining the positive and negative effects of aquaculture on bird populations, we aim to provide information that is crucial to the conservation of a number of important bird species in PEI as well as ecosystem-based best practices for the industry.