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THE QUEBEC REGION BULLETIN
AUGUST - SEPTEMBER 2009/VOLUME 12/NUMBER 4
Minister Shea at the press conference
DFO M. Papageorges
The Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, the Honourable Gail Shea, was on the Magdalen Islands last July 17. Richard Nadeau, Regional General Director, and Roger Simon, Magdalen Islands Sector Director – both with Fisheries and Oceans Canada – accompanied her on her visit.
The Minister was on the Islands to announce funding for the aquaculture industry through the Aquaculture Innovation and Market Access Program (AIMAP). She also used her visit to meet with various marine industry stakeholders on the Islands.
For instance, she held discussions with representatives of fish harvester’s associations, seal hunters and harbour authorities, aquaculturers and marine product processors as well as with the Islands’ municipal and provincial elected officials.
These meetings notably gave her an opportunity to see harbour facilities where investments are planned as part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan, a processing plant and the Centre d’interprétation du phoque in Grande-Entrée.
A light buffet was served at day’s end at Site de la Côte near the Étang-du-Nord fishing harbour. All industry stakeholders were present, as well as the Municipalité des Îles-de-la-Madeleine Mayor, Joël Arseneau, and Member of the National Assembly for the riding, Germain Chevarie. In short, it was a busy day for the Minister!
With Gaston Lapierre, General Manager of Fruits de Mer Madeleine at the buffet cocktail
The Minister met stakeholders from the Grosse-Île Anglophone community. Here, she is with Richard Sweet (centre), President of the Grosse-Île Harbour Authority, David Burke (left), President of the Association of Inshore Fishermen of the Magdalen Islands, Sylvie Boucher, MP for Beauport-Limoilou and Winston Clark (right), Manager of the Cape Dolphin Cooperative. She visited the Cooperative’s plant and the Grosse-Île wharf where a harbour repair project is planned.
The Minister with Léonard Poirier, Director General of the Association des pêcheurs propriétaires des Îles de la Madeleine (APPIM), during a dinner with association representatives and Germain Chevarie, Member of the National Assembly for the Îles-de-la-Madeleine riding. Minister Shea invited APPIM to express its point of view on Component II of the Atlantic and Quebec Lobster Sustainability Measures Program.
The Mayor of the Municipalité des Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Joël Arseneau, offers the Minister a selection of local products to welcome her to the Islands.
Minister Shea felt it important to meet with all seal industry stakeholders, not only the hunters but also the processors. She assured them that both she and the Minister of International Trade would continue to seek solutions concerning the decision by the Council of the European Union to ban the trade of all seal products within the EU.
Discussion with Denis Longuépée, President of the Association des chasseurs de phoque des Îles, at the Centre d’interprétation du phoque in Grande-Entrée.
At Boucherie Côte-à-Côte, where Minister Shea procured a variety of seal products, with Denis Éloquin and Réjean Vigneau, both members of the Magdalen Islands Seal Advisory Committee, as well as Sylvie Boucher and Denis Longuépée.
Bernard Guimont, TAMASU President, explains the project underway to study the use of seal heart valves for medical purposes in humans.
Magdalen Islands Sector
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