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Adapted fishing vessel
DFO  S. Coulombe

Within the framework of the Atlantic Integrated Commercial Fisheries Initiative (AICFI), the four Mi’gmaq First Nations on the Gaspé Peninsula were able to take advantage of the program for assistance with commercial fisheries enterprise diversification. To be eligible, participating First Nations communities first had to develop business expansion plans and implement more effective fisheries management systems. Moreover, applicants had to contribute at least 10 percent of the total value of their projects.

Via this program, six mid-shore shrimp fishing vessels have been equipped with new energy-efficient fishing gear, including Morgère doors and adapted Cosmos trawls. According to the information provided by the manufacturer, this kind of equipment allows harvesters to save 10 to 15 percent of the energy required for traction. The real savings have not yet been assessed, but according to one individual who uses a newly equipped fishing boat, the motor rpm needed to maintain a given tow speed was lower than for a vessel equipped with conventional gear.

Sylvio Coulombe
Gaspe–Lower St. Lawrence Area

Martin St-Gelais, North Shore Area Director, MP Bernard Généreux and Bernard Beaudoin, Regional Small Craft Harbour Branch Director.
Martin St-Gelais, North Shore
Area Director, MP Bernard
Généreux and Bernard Beaudoin,
Regional Small Craft Harbour
Branch Director.

DFO L. Morency

In May 2010, Bernard Généreux, Member of Parliament for Montmagny–L'Islet–Kamouraska–Rivière-du-Loup, announced on behalf of the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, a $4.6-million investment earmarked for repair and improvement projects at small craft harbours in coastal communities throughout Quebec.

“Commercial fish harvesters in Quebec need a functional and accessible network of small craft harbours to help them earn a living,” said Généreux. “Through this investment, our government is improving harbours so that those who depend on the fishery will have a reliable infrastructure and a stronger local economy for years to come.”

Various types of projects will be carried out to improve the safety and operational efficiency of harbours. The investment will be used for projects such as dredging, wharf repair, electrical system upgrading and general maintenance. These projects will be carried out in collaboration with the harbour authorities that manage and operate these facilities for local users.

MP Bernard Généreux Announces Investment in Fishing Harbours Across Quebec
News Release – May 7, 2010