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The Canadian Hydrographic Association will be holding the 2010 Canadian Hydrographic Conference in the city of Québec from June 21 to 23, 2010. The Canadian Hydrographic Service, Quebec Region, is the lead organizer of this event.

The conference will bring together nearly 400 members of the hydrographic community from some fifteen countries to explore the theme Hydrography: A science, technology and people dedicated to the maritime world.

This international event is a forum for discussion on the most recent scientific and technological developments in the area of hydrography, marine cartography and electronic navigation.

Canadian Hydrographic Conference


The United Nations has declared 2010 International Year of Biodiversity. To salute this special year, the Infoceans team will be including texts on the topic of aquatic biodiversity. Have an excellent year of biodiversity!

In this issue:

Roger Arsenault with Minister
Shea (left) and Michaela Huard,
Assistant Deputy Minister,
Human Resources and
Integrated Services.

DFO  B. Baziuk

Last November, Roger Arsenault, Administration portuaire du havre de pêche de Matane President, received the Harbour Authority Environmental Stewardship Award with great pride. The award was presented by the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, at the annual harbour authority recognition awards ceremony.

Like many other harbour authorities, the one that manages the fishing harbour in Matane has had some problems with the disposal of waste oil and oil filters at its site. The Matane wharf is used primarily by midshore vessels engaged in the shrimp fishery and they use outsized oil filters larger than the ones used on other vessels. Consequently, they generate a large number of 20-litre waste oil containers. This fishing harbour did not have the equipment needed to recycle these filters.

Thanks to Arsenault’s initiative, the Administration portuaire du havre de pêche de Matane designed and had built a new drip tray model for outsized oil filters and a system to store the oil containers and filters in complete safety. The company that collects waste oil products can now recover and recycle them without the risk of spilling these products in the storage area. Notices explaining how to use the new facilities have been posted.

This initiative has led to a significant improvement in the on-site management of waste oil and other related products and has contributed to the sound environmental management of this fishing harbour. The new, more adapted equipment has even been put into use at other fishing harbours confronted with the same problem.

Our sincerest congratulations to Mr. Arsenault!

Lyne Beaumont
Small Craft Harbours