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Minister Gail Shea Minister Gail Shea
meets with AQIP members

Last January 27, the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the Honourable Gail Shea, met with members of the Association québécoise de l’industrie de la pêche (AQIP) during their annual meeting. "Like you," she told, "we are working to develop an economically sound industry, one that is focused on the market and which offers fish harvesters, sector employees and processors sure and stable opportunities for a prosperous and sustainable future."

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December 6, 2010, in Sainte-Luce Flood waters and breaking waves : The case of December 6, 2010

The exceptionally high water levels predicted by the Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS) were confirmed last December 6 in the estuary and northwestern Gulf   of St. Lawrence. At Rimouski, the tide reached a record 5.54 metres, a height never yet seen in the last 110 years. Continued ...

Vincent Malouin From the wheelhouse
spells the future of the lobster fishery on the Gaspé Peninsula

For about a dozen years, lobster harvesters and Fisheries and Oceans Canada management in Gaspé have joined forces to move forward in implementing the essential objective of ensuring that the lobster fishery continues to be a sustainable and stable fishery for the lobster harvester over the long term. The objective of reducing the fishing effort by 30 percent—an ambitious target—has nearly been reached and the resource is showing signs of stability in several sub-areas. Continued ...

lobster fisheryCommercial fishing for tourism purposes
An innovative approach

Beginning in the 2011 fishing season, the Regroupement des pêcheurs professionnels du sud de la Gaspésie and Fisheries and Oceans Canada will be innovating by setting up a pilot project involving commercial fishing for tourism purposes. This project will allow fisher/interpreters to reach a clientele that wishes to learn more about the wealth of the sea. Continued ...

CCGS Pierre Radisson CCGS Pierre Radisson
In the belly of an icebreaker

Since fall 2010 and until spring 2011, the mid-sized river icebreaker, the CCGS Pierre Radisson, has been undergoing a major refit of its engine rooms. Built in 1978, the ship had to be repaired. The work called for an investment of $9.5 million. Continued ...

for harbour authorities

Two mini-forums for harbour authorities were held in February 2011 in response to the wish expressed by some harbour authority representatives and the Regional Small Craft Harbour Branch. Continued ...


The preliminary results for the 2010 commercial fishing season in Quebec show total landings of 55,261 t with a value of $109.1 million. It is important to point out that 2010 was marked by a 6-percent drop in landing volume and a 9-percent drop in landing value. The drop in landing volume is primarily attributable to lower snow crab catches. Continued ...