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Award of MeritSince 1994, Quebec’s fishing industry has often been praised for its lobster conservation efforts. Last fall, following the release of the latest Fisheries Resource Conservation Council’s report on the sustainability of Atlantic lobster, Richard Nadeau, Fisheries and Oceans Canada Regional Director General, presented an Award of Merit to a DFO-Industry work team.

It is important to salute the accomplishments of this multidisciplinary work team composed of fishers, biologists, staff members of fishers’ organisations, fisheries officers, etc. Their efforts are, in fact, an excellent example of what some theoreticians call shared stewardship, others co-management or, more simply put, team work.

The role played by the fishers and their representatives at the Association des pêcheurs propriétaires des Îles-de-la-Madeleine (APPIM) and the Regroupement des pêcheurs professionnels du sud de la Gaspésie (RPPSG) largely made it possible for the group to reach its objectives. Today, Fisheries and Oceans Canada pays tribute to the passion and commitment of Mario Déraspe, Donald Walker, O’Neil Cloutier, Léonard Poirier and their fellow team members.

Patrick Vincent
Fisheries and Aquaculture Management


Preliminary international trade figures show that Canada’s exports of fish and seafood products reached $3.9 billion in 2008. More than half of these products headed to the United States with exports to that country totalling over $2.4 billion last year. European Union countries ranked second, importing Canadian fish and seafood products worth $489 million, following by Japan in third place with $294 million and China where imports totalled $259 million, making it Canada’s fourth largest market for seafood products in 2008.

Canada’s four most valuable exports by species were lobster, crab, salmon and shrimp. These species accounted for 46% of all fish and seafood exports by volume and 65% of the value. Lobster remained number one, with its export value approaching a billion dollars.

Quebec ranked fifth amongst Canadian provinces for its fish and seafood exports in 2008.


Since the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, June 8 has been recognized as World Oceans Day. This international celebration, which aims to raise awareness about the health of the planet’s oceans, has rapidly gained popularity.

We all have a responsibility for the environment because our activities at home and within our communities can have repercussions on our watercourses and ultimately,
on the health of the oceans. For a number of years, non-governmental organizations concerned about the health of the oceans have been mobilizing hundreds of people in Quebec. Supported by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) staff, they have taken on the mission of raising public awareness about how important the oceans are to our planet. This collective awareness ensures cohesiveness in the actions taken to keep our aquatic ecosystems healthy and productive, an important DFO mandate.

Once again this year, numerous awareness-raising activities have been organized to celebrate World Oceans Day.


Did you know that June 21 is World Hydrography Day? This year, the International Hydrography Organisation will highlight the important contribution hydrography makes to the protection of the marine environment.

In Quebec alone, our Canadian Hydrographic Service teams cover over 10,000 km every year to monitor the condition of ship channels. Their observations are used to identify shoals and update official nautical publications and charts, thus making navigation safer and protecting the marine environment.

For over 100 years, the Canadian Hydrographic Service has contributed to designing technologies used by sailors throughout the world. Today, Canadian hydrographers play a leading role in the world of ocean mapping, an achievement in which we take great pride.

We invite you to celebrate World Hydrography Day on June 21.