About ACD

Atlantic Catch Data Limited (ACD) is an independent monitoring company that has provided commercial fishery and marine science services to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) and the private sector since 1990. After more than two decades of providing third party monitoring services in Canada, ACD is the only company that provides full service coverage for fishing ports in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland. 

ACD has a staff of 100 employees which include Field Technicians, Marine Biologists, Fishery experienced Administrative Staff, Technical/Engineering Support and Government Trained/Certified Observers and Monitoring Professionals.  Our Head Office is located in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and our Operations Center is located in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.  We have regional offices located in Pictou and Sydney, Nova Scotia and in Grand Bank, Newfoundland.  ACD is well established to provide flexible monitoring coverage in all the key regions across Atlantic Canada.

ACD USA Ltd is a subsidiary company to Atlantic Catch Data that was incorporated in the state of Massachusetts in 2010 and is approved by NMFS to provide dockside monitoring services under the NE Multispecies Fishery Management Plan – Amendment 16.  ACD USA has an office in Gloucester, MA and employs government trained observers that monitor landings in all the approved ports in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  

ACD specializes in the following service areas:

  • Dockside Monitoring:  ACD provides independent catch verification, data collection, auditing and reporting services to the commercial fisheries.
  • Port Sampling and Grading:  ACD provides the collection of biophysical samples and assessment functions for government programs, fish harvesters and fish processers.
  • Inspection Services:  ACD provides fishery inspection and reporting services on raw and processed products.
  • At Sea Observers:  ACD provides certified observers who are deployed on the vessel.  These observers document fishing effort data and provide sampling functions during the fishing trip.
  • Data Collection Programs:   ACD provides various data collection services in support of commercial fisheries management; such as fishing logs, fish tags, catch information, etc.
  • Environmental Alerts:  ACD provides environmental alert services to many government agencies and local stakeholders.


1801 Hollis Street,
Suite 1220
Halifax, NS

Phone: (902) 422-4745
Fax: (902) 422-9780

New England

4 Parker Street, 2nd Floor
Gloucester, MA
USA 01930

1-888-477-4245 (HAIL)

Phone: (902) 749-5107
Fax: (902) 749-4552


32 Hawthorne Street
Yarmouth, NS

1-888-477-4245 (HAIL)

Phone: (902) 749-5107
Fax: (902) 749-4552


29 Main Street
Grand Bank, NL

1-888-477-4245 (HAIL)

Phone: (709) 277-7300
Fax: (709) 832-2825


PO Box 1664
Pictou, NS

1-888-477-4245 (HAIL)

Phone: (902) 485-4683
Fax: (902) 485-8242