Monitoring Services

In Atlantic Canada, independent industry supported monitoring programs have been used as an essential tool in the management of the commercial fisheries for the last 2 decades.  These programs have been critical in determining the annual stock assessments for quota management and providing important scientific research to better understand all aspects of the industry.

Since the first monitoring pilot programs over 20 years ago, ACD has worked closely with government agencies and fishing industry groups to develop and implement the most beneficial and cost-effective programs possible.  With this experience, ACD has become the leader in commercial fisheries monitoring on the east coast and offer the following monitoring services in both Atlantic Canada and New England:

Dockside Monitoring
ACD is the largest and most experienced Dockside Monitoring service provider with over 20 years in the business across all commercial fisheries and regions on the east coast.  We provide independent catch verification, data collection, auditing and reporting services to commercial fishermen and fishing associations.  ACD works very closely with the government regulatory agencies in the development and implementation of new monitoring standards and procedures.

Port Sampling and Grading Services
ACD has been providing Port Sampling and Grading Services for over 15 years across various fisheries and regions on the east coast.  ACD has Marine Biologists and experienced Field Technicians that provide the collection of biophysical samples and assessment functions for government science programs, private industry, fish harvesters and fish processers.

Inspection Services
ACD provides quality inspection, third party auditing and documentation services for private industry on both shipped and received seafood products.

At Sea Observer Services
ACD provides certified observers who are deployed on commercial fishing vessels to collect a diverse array of biological and ecological data.  Our observer’s document fishing effort data, provide sampling functions and conduct scientific research surveys during the fishing trip.

Data Collection Programs
ACD provides various data collection services in support of commercial fisheries management.  These data collection programs include supplying document collection and data entry services of fishing logs, fish tags, catch details and licence information.

Environmental Alerts
ACD provides 24/7 Environmental Alert services to many government agencies, local stakeholders, media outlets and private industry.  These alerts are sent immediately to relevant parties informing them of environmental emergencies, news bulletins or press releases.


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