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THE QUEBEC REGION BULLETIN
FEBRUARY - MARCH 2010/VOLUME 13/NUMBER 1

PROMISING FUTURE IN CHINA
FOR THE CANADIAN FISHING AND SEALING INDUSTRY

Last January, the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans visited the People’s Republic of China to discuss issues of common interest in the area of international fisheries and ocean management.

She also used her visit to promote the sustainability and quality of Canadian seal products. Continued...


A wily redfish

Since the beginning of the moratorium on the Gulf redfish fishery in 1995, Fisheries and Oceans Canada has closely monitored fluctuations in this reduced population by means of the bottom trawl survey conducted each summer aboard a research trawler.

But the biology of the redfish still holds mysteries in store. Continued...


Biodiversity IDENTIFICATION GUIDE FOR MARINE FISHES
A TOOL TO STUDY BIODIVERSITY

In recent years, biologists have sought to more fully integrate information on the status of fish stocks and the ecosystems in which they live; to do so, the many other fish species captured needed to be described in greater detail. Continued...


Innovative collaboration
on the North Shore

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


INVASIVE SPECIES
UNDER HIGH SURVEILLANCE

In summer 2008, a private-sector diver observed an unknown aquatic species at the Havre-Aubert marina on the Magdalen Islands. Analyses showed that we were dealing with a new invasive species, the sea squirt Diplosoma listerianum, an invasive colonizing sessile tunicate. Continued...


Icebreaking operations
on the Saguenay River

Every year, at the very beginning of the winter season, the Canada Coast Guard deploys an icebreaker in the Saguenay River sector. This winter, the task of escorting commercial vessels transiting through the area has been assigned to the CCGS Amundsen. Continued...


2008 Red tide
Outcome and conclusions

From August 5 to 21, 2008, people living along the St. Lawrence estuary witnessed an unusual and worrisome incident. Massive mortalities of marine animals, including mammals, were reported along several kilometres. Continued...


2009 COMMERCIAL FISHERIES SEASON
PRELIMINARY RESULTS

The preliminary results for the 2009 commercial fishing season in Quebec show total landings of 58,450 t with a value of $118.3 M. Continued...