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A entertaining tool
on species at risk

A highly interesting awareness-raising project has come into being on the North Shore: a bilingual card deck dealing with the Species at Risk Act. The cards bear amusing images and messages encouraging fish harvesters to adopt behaviours that can help species at risk survive. They also encourage fish harvesters to declare any species at risk caught incidentally.

At the beginning of the 2010 fishing season when the tags were distributed, fishery officers also discussed various aspects of the Species at Risk Act with the fish harvesters and gave them copies of the card deck. 

At the Awards Gala for the winter fishing on the Saguenay contest in March 2010, fishery officer Brian Coss reminded listeners of the importance of returning species at risk to the water and spoke to the fish harvesters attending the event about this original awareness-raising tool.

Card deck on species at risk
Paule Blaney
North Shore Sector

École Monseigneur-Labrie
École Monseigneur-Labrie
Career day
in Havre-Saint-Pierre

On October 21, 2010, a career day was held for the secondary 4 and 5 students at École Mgr-Labrie de Havre-Saint-Pierre. For the event, the Fisheries and Oceans Canada Conservation and Protection Branch based at Havre-Saint-Pierre manned an information stand presenting the mission of Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the work accomplished by its fishery officers.  

Throughout the day, officers Themy Alexandre Vallée and Louis-Philippe Supper explained the responsibilities, duties and tasks associated with the work of the fishery officer to the students. Several students expressed a great deal of interest in this career. Moreover, during an optional session in class, a more detailed presentation attracted several students who wanted to find out more about the profession.

The officers also worked to raise awareness and educate the members of the general public who attended the event about the mission of Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

Themy Alexandre Vallée
North Shore Area

International fisheries meeting
In Québec City in 2014

Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Quebec Region, will host the 144th annual meeting of the American Fisheries Society in 2014. People from throughout the North American fisheries community and from numerous countries around the world will be getting together to share their knowledge and discuss the main challenges that need to be met.

When the announcement was made in Pittsburgh last September, the selection committee said it was very impressed by the seriousness and quality of Québec City’s candidacy. This will be the second time this prestigious meeting will take place in Québec City. The 2003 edition, organised jointly by the Société de la faune et des parcs du Québec and Fisheries and Oceans Canada and inspired by the theme Worldwide decline of wild fish populations, was a resounding success.

The American Fisheries Society aims to improve the conservation of fisheries resources and aquatic ecosystems and to foster sustainable development. It has some 10,000 members in 75 countries.

American Fisheries Society site 

New market
for seal products

Since January 13, 2011, a cooperative arrangement permits the export of all seal products for human consumption to China. This new Asian market should open up great opportunities for Canada’s seal industry.

The Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, the Honourable Gail Shea, announced the arrangement during her visit to China. The market access agreement is the outcome of a full year of negotiations with the Chinese government.

The Government of Canada worked closely with Chinese officials to establish the necessary export conditions for edible seal products. This arrangement also opens the way to major markets for all Canadian seafood products.

In fact, last January the federal government hosted a seafood promotion event to showcase Canadian fish and seafood products to Chinese retailers in Beijing

China is the third largest export market for Canadian seafood products with an average of over $300 million in exports annually. The vast majority of Canada’s exports to the People’s Republic of China (up to 90%) consist of crab, shrimp, Greenland turbot, hake, herring, geoduck, capelin and mackerel.

Canada opens new market for seal products in China
New release – January 12, 2011