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THE QUEBEC REGION BULLETIN
JUNE - JULY 2012/VOLUME 15/NUMBER 3
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From the wheelhouse
The Maurice Lamontagne Institute
Marks 25 Years
Maurice-Lamontagne Institute DFO  P. Dionne

It was 25 years ago that the Maurice Lamontagne Institute opened its doors in Mont-Joli, 10 years after the first scientists and hydrographers were hired in Québec. They became the foundation of a French research team within the Department.

Since then, our teams have provided crucial data for fisheries, aquaculture, oceanography, navigation, and protection and management of living resources, habitats and aquatic ecosystems, including marine mammals and species at risk. In 1997, new programs were added in the areas of habitat protection, environmental assessment, integrated oceans management and management of species at risk. Our study area covers the Estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence, James Bay, Hudson Bay, Hudson Strait and Ungava Bay.

Over the years, numerous discoveries have been made, notably on snow crab, ocean circulation systems, blue whales, acidification of marine waters and updates of unexpected undersea features.

It is with great pride that I invite you to join us in celebrating 25 years of success, thanks to our teams' effort, which has had such a profound impact on our relationship with our abundant aquatic ecosystems!

Several events are planned to mark these 25 years. Activities for employees, clients and partners are included. Our popular Open House days will return this fall and will provide an opportunity for our teams to share and highlight the link between our work and daily life.

Ariane Plourde
Director, Regional Science Branch and Director of the Maurice Lamontagne Institute
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