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The sample purification system
The sample purification system
facilitates analysis of organic pollutants.

DFO  F. Servant
Expertise in aquatic chemical analysis
Laboratory now fully operational

The Laboratory of Expertise in Aquatic Chemical Analysis (LEACA) at the Maurice Lamontagne Institute is now fully operational. It thus becomes the national centre of expertise in inorganic chemical analysis and a major organic chemistry support pole for Fisheries and Oceans Canada. The use of this laboratory will enable researchers to improve their understanding of how chemical products present in the aquatic environment evolve and to learn more about the impacts associated with these products.

The team of chemistry experts now has state-of-the-art instruments at its disposal to precisely measure chemical elements such as heavy metals like lead, arsenic, mercury, etc. and numerous organic contaminants originating in the aquatic environment. For instance, the scientists can find out the mercury content in fish or marine mammals. The results will serve to improve support for Department priorities pertaining to integrated research on aquatic ecosystems.

Claire Dansereau and Léo St-Onge
Claire Dansereau with Léo St-Onge,
AMIK General Manager

AMIK  S. Le Breton

Last September, Claire Dansereau, Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), visited the North Shore. Accompanied by the Regional Director General, Richard Nadeau, and the Interim Area Director, Jean Morisset, she met with several North Shore organizations that work in fields connected to DFO’s activities.

The Deputy Minister took advantage of the occasion to visit the offices of AMIK, an Aboriginal organization working primarily in the commercial fishing sector. AMIK General Manager, Léo St-Onge, presented a very positive portrait of the organization’s mandates, objectives and activities as well as of the relations between aboriginal  and non-native fishers in the North Shore sector.  Dansereau also visited the harbour facilities in Sept-Îles in the company of Port General Manager, Pierre Gagnon. Several major projects involving the Department are currently underway or in preparation.

Dansereau’s visit concluded with a meeting with Clovis Poirier, President of the Alliance des pêcheurs professionnels du Québec which led to a highly appreciated informal discussion of regional matters.

Martin St-Gelais
Area Director, North Shore

Basking Shark
Basking Shark

G. B. Skomal
Sharks at risk

Fisheries and Oceans Canada will soon be proceeding with a consultation on the possibility of protecting Atlantic populations of the Basking Shark and the Spiny Dogfish under the Species at Risk Act (SARA). These two shark populations have been assessed as being of “special concern” by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC). When a species of special concern is added to the list of species at risk, it is not prohibited to fish or have in one’s possession individuals of this species, but a management plan must be drawn up to foster its recovery.

The consultation documents for these two populations will soon be added to the Species at Risk Public Registry. They will notably provide information about each species and examples of management measures that could be implemented to protect them. For each population, there will also be a short questionnaire posted on the site that you can fill out to inform us about any potential impacts on your activities that might occur if this species was added to the list of species at risk and to give us your opinion about the relevance of protecting the species under SARA.

Spiny Dogfish
Spiny Dogfish


For more information, consult the Species at Risk Public Registry or contact the Fisheries and Oceans Canada Endangered Species Management Branch at 1‑877‑775‑0848 or

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