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DFO  A. MacFarlane
St. Lawrence beluga recovery strategy

To plan the recovery of the St. Lawrence Estuary beluga population, Fisheries and Oceans Canada has drawn up a recovery strategy in collaboration with Parks Canada Agency and several other partners. This strategy describes the species’ biology as well as the threats affecting the population. It also proposes measures to promote its recovery. The recovery strategy is posted on the Species at Risk Public Registry for consultation until November 25, 2011.

The beluga population in the St. Lawrence Estuary was severely depleted by hunting, prohibited since 1979. In May 2005, this population was officially added to Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act as a threatened species. An emblematic species of the St. Lawrence, the beluga inhabits the estuary and the gulf. Despite the hunting prohibition, the population shows no sign of growth and a number of threats—including contaminants and noise pollution—affect its survival and reproduction.

Recovery Strategy for the Beluga (Delphinapterus leucas) St. Lawrence Estuary Population in Canada
Species at Risk Public Registry

Meet the Coast Guard
at Québec City's education and job fair

From October 26 to 29, 2011, the Canadian Coast Guard will be at the Centre de foires de Québec for the 17th edition of the Salon Éducation Emploi.

Come meet with passionate employees who will be delighted to speak with you about their jobs and career opportunities with the Canadian Coast Guard.

It's not a job. it's an adventure. Canadian Coast Guard

Salon Éduction Emploi de Québec
(In French)

Harbour authority
DFO  M. Papageorges
Quebec harbour authorities
Your experience serving your community

Become a volunteer for a Quebec Harbour Authority and put your knowledge to work for our coastal communities. There are some fifty fishing harbours on the North Shore, Gaspe Peninsula and Magdalen Islands that could use your experience and know-how. Get involved and contribute to the economic development of your region.

For more information, call your local Fisheries and Oceans Canada office.

Poster for the movie, La peur de l'eau Quiet on the Set!
Filming on the Magdalen Islands

Silence rarely reigns on the wharfs of fishing harbours, so imagine the surprise of visitors on hearing the clichéd phrase "Quiet on the set!" on the wharfs in Havre-Aubert and Pointe-Basse on the Magdalen Islands.

During the last two weeks of September 2010, the outdoor scenes for the movie La peur de l'eau were filmed on the Magdalen Islands. This movie is based on Jean Lemieux's novel On finit toujours par payer, a story which takes place on the Magdalen Islands and tells a tale of fishing and boats. Jean Lemieux has in fact lived on the archipelago for several years.

The producers needed to film the scenes in a harbour setting. The Havre-Aubert and Pointe-Basse harbour authorities approved the filming and issued authorizations (occupation permits) to the production company responsible for filming.

These rather unconventional activities prove that our harbours can sometimes be used for purposes other than those related to commercial fishing. These activities not only represent a source of supplementary income for the harbours, they also provide significant visibility to the area.

When watching this movie, scheduled for release in January 2012, keep an eye out for the harbour facilities you will no doubt recognize. You might even catch a glimpse of some members of the harbour authorities or their employees who play walk-on roles in the movie!

La Peur de l’eau (In French)
Les films Remstar

Christian Houle
Magdalen Islands Area