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THE QUEBEC REGION BULLETIN
APRIL - MAY 2012/VOLUME 15/NUMBER 2
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Two new harbour authorities are created!

It is official: two new harbour authorities recently joined Fisheries and Oceans Canada's Harbour Authorities Network. In both cases, users feel it is important to take charge and actively participate in managing their facilities and related activities, in collaboration with the Department's Regional Small Craft Harbour Branch.

The first harbour authority is located in the Upper and Middle North Shore region in Baie-Comeau and was established in February 2012. Its first board of directors elected Patrick Perron as chair for a two-year term.

Baie-Comeau Harbour Authority
Baie-Comeau Harbour Authority
DFO L. Morency

The second organization, in Chaleur Bay in Gaspé, is called the Carleton-sur-Mer Harbour Authority. This new non-profit organization is expected to elect a chair in the near future.


Boat launch at Carleton-sur-Mer
Boat launch at Carleton-sur-Mer
DFO J.P. Huet

The Harbour Authorities Network was established in 1990 and brings together 40 harbour authorities in the Quebec region, managing 59 harbours belonging to the Department. The harbour authorities are non-profit organizations, managed by volunteers serving their community.

A warm welcome to the new harbour authorities!

Lyne Beaumont
Small Craft Harbours

Fisheries and Oceans Canada meets
students from Quebec

Every year, Fisheries Officers from Fisheries and Oceans Canada visit elementary school students in the Gaspé, North Shore, Magdelan Islands and Far North regions. The goal is to educate students about the work that the Fisheries Officers do and about fishery resource and fish habitat protection. This school year, Officers met nearly 1 000 students in around thirty schools.

Daniel Desbois, president of the Association des crabiers gaspésiens

Daniel Desbois, president of the Association des crabiers gaspésiens, talking with students from the Saint-Bernard school in Gascons.
DFO P. Gagnon

The Fisheries Officers from southern Gaspé did something new this year: they came with five local commercial fishers, including one Aboriginal fisher, who all participated in the presentations. The fishers had a chance to talk about the basics of the job and to show students some of the equipment that they use, including a snow crab measurement tool, a net hook, and a lobster fisher's electronic logbook.


Jeremy Jerome at the school Cap Beau-Soleil

During his presentation at the school Cap Beau-Soleil at Caplan, Jeremy Jerome of the Gesgapegiag First Nation talks about his job and shows a video of lobster fishery.
DFO  P. Gagnon

The whole experience was a great success that was much appreciated and is sure to take place again next year.

Pierre Gagnon
Gaspé – Lower St. Lawrence Area

A feel-good story about community

One of Fisheries and Ocean Canada's objectives is to enable the economic prosperity of fisheries and coastal villages which depend on the industry. This article highlights the importance of helping one another in difficult situations, especially in small communities.

Since spring 2011, Innus from the North Shore of Quebec have been landing crab with three of their boats in Baie-Johan-Beetz, a small community located east of Havre-Saint-Pierre. Everyone knew that this decision would change things in this community and in the Innu community as well.

Baie-Johan-Beetz

Municipality of Baie-Johan-Beetz

J. Beardsell

In the middle of the night on April 16, 2011, a violent storm broke out in Baie-Johan-Beetz, while the Innus, whose boats were docked there, had left the town for a rest. Upon waking to strange noises coming from the dock, the citizens mobilized and worked all night to save the boats from grounding or being lost. If it hadn't been for the hard work of the villagers, the boats would have suffered very heavy damages. It might have jeopardized the entire crab season with enormous consequences for the fishers and for the whole village. When they learned of the villagers' heroic act, the Innus were very moved and organized a celebration, which took place the following August. The crab, which was graciously provided by the Innus, was the focal point of the celebration. The two communities have been united in friendship ever since.

The Innus contribute significantly to the economy of Baie-Johan-Beetz. They have hired people from the area to work on the docks and their presence has breathed new life into this Mingan community.

Jean Morisset
North Shore Area