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THE QUEBEC REGION BULLETIN
FEBRUARY - MARCH 2010/VOLUME 13/NUMBER 1
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Innovative collaboration
on the North Shore
Shared surveillance with the ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune du Québec

DFO

The North Shore stretches along 1,280 km of coast. For Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) fishery officers, protecting marine resources throughout such a vast territory calls for collaboration with a variety of partners.

In recent years, the Conservation and Protection Branch has been increasing its joint efforts with North Shore organizations – government partners and community organizations – that have similar mandates.

A few examples…

A pilot project currently underway and involving Environment Canada’s Canadian Wildlife Service Enforcement Branch and Fisheries and Oceans Canada aims to foster collaboration in the application of the Fisheries Act and the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994. In fact, a memorandum of understanding has been prepared so that DFO fishery officers and Environment Canada game wardens can carry out their duties pursuant to these two acts in reciprocity.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada also counts on joint efforts made with the Ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune du Québec, most particularly during the salmon migration and to protect fish habitat in rivers, lakes and watercourses.

There are also many collaborative endeavours in partnership with fishers’ associations, municipalities, band councils and coastal committees. These partners are often consulted to find ways to better integrate their concerns and needs into Fisheries and Oceans Canada planning tools. An example of this was the participation of coastal committees in the mollusc bed conservation file.

The St. Lawrence is a major crossroads where many activities requiring surveillance take place: ice fishing, whale watching, seal hunting and the protection of species and essential, sensitive habitats are just a few examples. Fisheries and Oceans Canada's North Shore Area works closely with its clientele and partners to offer a quality service. It intends to stay its course by continuing to establish cooperative projects, thus setting the example for this type of collaboration.


Andrew Rowsell
North Shore Area