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Two Hydrographers for a Day

On a beautiful June 20 day, Marie-Soleil Paquet and Marianne Lord had a unique opportunity to spend half a day aboard a vessel on a hydrographic mission on the St. Lawrence River.

They were the two winners of the mapping contest organized by the Canadian Institute of Geomatics and the Fondation du Cégep Limoilou, in which 903 students participated. This was the second year that Fisheries and Oceans Canada collaborated in the contest by awarding a Jury’s Choice award.

Accompanied by their parents, the two high school students had the chance to see hydrographers at work aboard the CCGS F.C.G. Smith during a survey conducted on the St. Lawrence River for the ship channel.

Captain Yves Gervais, Marie-Soleil Paquet and Pierre-Alexis Doyon
Marie-Soleil Paquet, Secondary II student at the Polyvalente Deux-Montagnes, won the prize among seven finalists. She is seen here with Captain Yves Gervais and Pierre-Alexis Doyon, both from the Canadian Coast Guard.
DFO R. Dorais
Marianne Lord, Michel Rannou and Denis Talbot
Winner among six finalists, Marianne Lord, a Secondary I student at the CAF Estrie, alongside hydrographers Michel Rannou and Denis Talbot from the Canadian Hydrographic Service.
DFO R. Dorais

Our visitors conducted a safety visit and were then initiated to the work carried out by hydrographers: measuring the vessel's draft and sound’s speed in water and planning routes for the vessel to follow.

Our hydrographers for a day were also able to observe the characteristics of the channel bottom and understand the rationale and importance of the work by observing the number of vessels and recreational boats they encountered on the river.

In witnessing their obvious enjoyment, we can say that the mission was a success.

Robert Dorais

The Canadian Coast Guard
rendezvoused in Québec

As part of its 50th anniversary celebrations, the Canadian Coast Guard participated in the third edition of the Rendez-vous naval de Québec from June 7 to 10, 2012. Our vessels the CCGS Pierre Radisson, the CCGS Louis M. Lauzier, the CCGS Cap Aupaluk, the CCGS GC-03 and the CCGS Mamilossa air cushion vehicle, all docked at the Port of Québec during the event, welcomed over 7000 visitors aboard.

Visitors waiting for a tour of the CCGS Pierre Radisson at the Rendez-vous naval de Québec.

The some 150 000 people who attended the event had the chance to meet various marine stakeholders; admire models of several ships, including those belonging to the Canadian Coast Guard; learn more about buoys and spars (winter buoys) displayed on the docks; and visit the Evolution exhibition presented by the Naval Museum of Québec.

It is clear that the maritime world continues to be a source of fascination for the public. Canadian Coast Guard crew members all enjoyed connecting with visitors and sharing their passion for their field. The next Rendez-vous naval de Québec is scheduled for 2014.

To learn more about our vessels, visit our website.  

Nathalie Letendre

Grass Pickerel:
Another step towards the conservation of this species at risk

Fisheries and Oceans Canada is announcing the publication of the grass pickerel management Plan. The grass pickerel has been listed as a species of special concern under the Species at Risk Act. The plan presents various management measures to reduce threats to the grass pickerel which are attributable to human activities.

Grass Pickerel
K. Schmidt

This small pickerel, measuring about 30 centimetres, is associated with areas where vegetation in streams, swamps and lakes is abundant. It is threatened by habitat degradation. In Quebec, although historical records exist for three sites in the southern part of the province, no catches have been made in over 20 years. In order for the situation to be monitored, accidental captures of grass pickerel should be reported through the Centre de données sur le patrimoine naturel du Québec's website.

Jacinthe Beauchamp
Ecosystem Management