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THE QUEBEC REGION BULLETIN
JUNE - JULY 2012/VOLUME 15/NUMBER 3
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Open House on the CCGS Amundsen
DFO J.L. Dugal
CCGS Amundsen
opens its doors in Montréal

On the occasion of the International Polar Year 2012 Conference in Montréal, the CCGS Amundsen was open to the public and Conference attendees. More than
2 800 visitors boarded the vessel. They marvelled at being on board an icebreaker dedicated to scientific research. The experience was enjoyed by both visitors and the vessel's crew members who were most generous with their time and explanations throughout the four-day event.



Capelin roll, but where?
The Capelin Observers Network needs you!

For an eleventh year, the Capelin Observers Network (CON) invites all to signal the arrival of capelin on the beaches of the St. Lawrence. Observers provide a community watch to locate spawning sites and identify capelin spawning periods.

From 2002 to 2009, the number of network observers and observations increased steadily, resulting in on overview of the range of capelin reproduction areas along the shore. Although the 2010 season did not provide as much information, 2011 improved slightly. In fact, 66 observers signaled 184 observations last year.

The Internet registry has been online since 2011. This database lists more than 170 spawning sites and 1 500 reported observations in Atlantic Canada between 1944 and 2011.

 

Fillette observant la fraie du capelan
T. Gallant

Where and when will capelin roll in 2012?
Again this year, the Capelin Observer Network is calling on you to participate in collecting data. Please contact us to provide your observations during the season or with any questions you may have.


Number of capelin observations and observers.

Where and when will capelin roll in 2012?
Again this year, the Capelin Observer Network is calling on you to participate in collecting data. Please contact us to provide your observations during the season or with any questions you may have.

Capelin Observers Network
1-877-227-6853
ROC-CON@dfo-mpo.gc.ca


Pierre Nellis
Ecosystem Management

CCGS F.C.G. Smith

CCGS F.C.G. Smith
 DFO  J. Beardsell

New Season of Hydrographic Surveys
on Quebec's Navigable Waterways

On April 10, 2012, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, through the Canadian Hydrographic Service, launched its season of hydrographic surveys on Quebec's navigable waterways. ­The surveys primarily focus on the navigation channel in the St. Lawrence, the ports of Sept-Îles, Montréal and Saguenay, as well as approximately 15 harbours on Chaleur Bay, the Gaspé Peninsula’s north shore, the North Shore and the Magdalen Islands. Multibeam surveys will also be conducted in an area off Cap Gaspé to complete mapping for the American Bank Web site and in the Upper Saguenay to update that map.

­The surveys are conducted on hydrographic vessels equipped with highly precise echo sounders and electronic positioning systems. ­The information gathered on the location of shoals is also used to update the official nautical publications and charts, the ultimate goal being to ensure safe navigation. By the end of the season in December, the hydrographic teams will have covered over 10 000 km to monitor the condition of the St. Lawrence navigation channel.

Report Hazards
Mariners are invited to notify the Canadian Hydrographic Service when they discover a hazard (or an apparent hazard) to navigation or if they observe changes in the data recorded on nautical charts. To make it easier for the Department’s teams to spot reported hazards, it is important for mariners to specify the nature of the hazard, its position, the date and time it was observed, etc. Information may be reported by phone to 418-775-0502 or by e-mail to shcinfo@dfo-mpo.gc.ca.

Nautical Charts, Tides and Water Levels
Safe navigation begins with preparation and consultation of available and up-to-date data. Before leaving, we recommend that you have updated nautical charts on board and that you use them. Information to make corrections to charts is available online at www.notmar.gc.ca.

It is also important to check water levels before going out on the water. St. Lawrence River water levels and predicted tides are updated daily and can be obtained by calling 1-877-775-0790 or by visiting www.tides.gc.ca.