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THE QUEBEC REGION BULLETIN
APRIL - MAY 2012/VOLUME 15/NUMBER 2
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National Recreational Fisheries Awards
Two recipients in Quebec

In 2011, five Canadian recreational fishing enthusiasts were selected by Fisheries and Oceans Canada to receive Canada's National Recreational Fisheries Award. Two of them are Quebecers who distinguished themselves and were honoured accordingly. These recipients, Claude Bernard and Rémi Aubin, were proud and full of emotion as they attended their respective ceremonies with friends and family members. Fisheries and Oceans Canada recognizes the work and efforts of these award winners, who have both contributed in their own way to the development of recreational fishing in Quebec. 

Claude Bernard

During his career as a teacher, Claude Bernard introduced many students to fly fishing and fly tying, often devoting his lunch breaks to educating them. In addition, he has shared his knowledge and passion for the creation and maintenance of streams suitable for fly fishing, supporting the development of spawning beds and fish passages, as well as other work on the North Yamaska River. He is currently leading the development of a manual for young sport fishers participating in the Pêche en herbe program, which introduces children ages 9–12 to recreational fishing.

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At the Québec-Maritimes Fly Fishing Forum on February 4, 2012, in Granby, Claude Bernard (centre) received his award from Patrick Vincent, Regional Director, Fisheries Management (right), together with Gérard Bilodeau (left), a long-time collaborator of the award winner.
DFO P. Rameux

Rémi Aubin

To share his knowledge and passion, Rémi Aubin devotes his time and energy to promoting recreational fishing on the Saguenay River. One of his promotional activities is the introductory fishing day he has been organizing for 10 years to enable schoolchildren to experience both summer and winter fishing on the Saguenay. Every winter the river becomes a prime location for thousands of ice fishing enthusiasts. It is the only area in Canada where recreational fishing for marine fish species such as cod, turbot and redfish is authorized during winter months. Conservation and responsible fishing are issues Mr. Aubin takes to heart.

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On February 23, 2012, Rémi Aubin (right) received his award from Patrick Vincent, Regional Director, Fisheries Management, at the Grande-Baie ice fishing village in the Saguenay region.
DFO A. Carrier

Canada's National Recreational Fisheries Awards program was created in 1989 to recognize outstanding contributions by individuals and organizations in areas such as recreational community activities, restoring and enhancing fish habitat, and promoting conservation and sustainable recreational fishing.

For more information about the National Recreational Fisheries Awards and information about nominating a person or organization for an Award, please visit DFO's national website and consult the Recreational Fisheries section, which can be found under Fisheries.


Patricia Faucher
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