Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network (CABIN)

The Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network (CABIN) is an aquatic biomonitoring program for assessing the health of fresh water ecosystems in Canada. CABIN is based on the network of networks approach that promotes inter-agency collaboration and data-sharing to achieve consistent and comparable reporting on fresh water quality and aquatic ecosystem conditions in Canada. The program is maintained by Environment Canada (EC) to support the collection, assessment, reporting and distribution of biological monitoring information. CABIN allows partners to take their observations and make a formalized scientific assessment using nationally comparable standards.

The program is also part of the core monitoring tools used by Environment Canada in priority programs and ecosystems, namely the Joint Canada- Alberta Implementation Plan for Oil Sands Monitoring, and the following Initiatives: Great Lakes Basin, St. Lawrence River and Lake Winnipeg Basin.  CABIN also supports the Environment Effects Monitoring. Biological assessment information generated as part of the CABIN program contributes to annual Environment Canada reporting requirements under the Canada Water Act and Canadian Environmental Protection Act.

A set of national CABIN protocols are used for field collection, laboratory work, and analysis of biological monitoring data. A training program is available to certify participants in the standard national protocols. Upon completion of training, participants are equipped to apply the CABIN protocols to their biomonitoring studies and gain access to the national CABIN database. The CABIN database provides partners with tools to store, manage, analyse and report on their biological monitoring data.

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There are about 800 freshwater species of amphipods (commonly called scuds). Photo: Heather McDermott © Environment Canada 2010

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Stream sampling of benthic invertebrates with a kicknet

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