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THE QUEBEC REGION BULLETIN
AUGUST - SEPTEMBER 2010/VOLUME 13/NUMBER 4

Underwater imagery on a sled...
Learning more about the seabed

The scientists at Maurice Lamontagne Institute use a novel tool to see and better understand what’s happening deep beneath the surface of the St. Lawrence. The optical imagery system provides highly precise information about the biology and geology of the seabed. CONTINUED...


Improving fishing harbours
through Canada’s Economic Action Plan

Fisheries and Oceans Canada has invested several million dollars since 2009 to repair or build infrastructure for fish harvesters. Infoceans informs you about three of these projects: Tourelle on the Gaspé Peninsula, L’Étang-du-Nord on the Magdalen Islands and Les Escoumins on the North Shore.

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RECORD LOW WATER LEVELS
IN THE ST. LAWRENCE

The monthly mean water levels in the St. Lawrence were exceptionally low last spring. Monthly mean water levels below chart datum affect both recreational boaters and mariners, and can pose hazards to the safety of people and the environment. CONTINUED...


The fight against poaching
is everyone’s business!

Poaching has a direct impact on the ocean’s resources and the economic livelihood of fish harvesters. You can help fishery officers protect the fisheries by reporting any illegal acts you see. Protecting our resources is everyone’s business.

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DECLINE IN THE EEL POPULATION
IS THE MATERNAL TRANSMISSION OF CONTAMINANTS THE CAUSE?

In the mid 1980s, the number of young eels experienced a serious decline. Female eels mature in Lake Ontario, a site that is heavily industrialized. Contaminants may accumulate in their fat and be passed on to their eggs. Could this be responsible for the decline in eel stocks?

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Protecting the Spring Cisco
to preserve Quebec’s biodiversity

Fisheries and Oceans Canada is studying the possibility of adding the only known population of Spring Cisco to the species at risk list as an endangered species. This small freshwater fish is found only in Lac des Écorces in the Laurentians.

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