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Roger Simon: 30 years of service
at the Islands office
Roger Simon: 30 years of service at the Islands office, DFO

After a 35-year career with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, including 30 years on the Magdalen Islands, Roger Simon, Magdalen Islands Sector Director, will be retiring on October 29.

Following his arrival on the Islands on July 1, 1979, Roger Simon dealt with numerous files over the years, some of which he took particularly to heart. The one he is most proud of is inarguably lobster conservation, a success story that came about through close collaboration between the industry and the Department. Since conservation measures have been in place, the situation of the lobster fishery has been very good, and it continues to improve steadily.

Roger Simon also left his mark on the issue of seal hunting by taking on a major challenge: ensuring the surveillance of the hunt while under the vigilant eye of environmentalists and the international media. The harsh and sometimes dangerous conditions encountered by fishery officers called for sustained team work.

Roger Simon managed to build crucial ties with the fishing and aquaculture industry, with groups dedicated to the protection of coastal environments and with the tourism industry. These ties, which marked his career, will remain his best memory of his time with DFO.

Annie Vigneau
Magdalen Islands Area