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THE QUEBEC REGION BULLETIN
OCTOBER - NOVEMBER 2012/VOLUME 15/NUMBER 5
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Northern Shrimp of the Gulf of St. Lawrence
The challenges of responsible fishing

A conference for all stakeholders of the Gulf of St. Lawrence Northern Shrimp industry will take place on December 11 and 12 at the Château Bonne Entente in Québec.

The theme of this conference is "Gulf of St. Lawrence Northern Shrimp: the challenges of responsible fishing." This fishery is currently at a crossroads. In 2008, Northern Shrimp fishing activities in the Gulf of St. Lawrence received the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification. This certification recognizes and promotes sustainable fishing practices, such as those adopted by shrimpers in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. This certification is to be renewed soon.

A shrimper operating in Quebec.
A shrimper operating in Quebec.
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The renewal of the MSC certification is an opportunity to reflect on what sustainable Northern Shrimp fishing in the Gulf of St. Lawrence means to the various stakeholders. The speakers, many of whom are from other countries, will address the following issues:

  • History of the fishery;
  • Technological aspects of fishing;
  • MSC certification and the sustainable fishing framework;
  • Income and markets.

For more information about this conference, contact Bernard Morin at 418-648-5891.



Forum québécois en sciences de la mer:
The options of the ecosystem approach

On November 27 and 28, 2012, the Table de concertation en sciences de la mer will present the Forum québécois en sciences de la mer, whose theme is “The ecosystem approach applied to marine resources: exploring the options.”

For the 250 marine industry stakeholders who will gather at the Maurice Lamontagne Institute in Mont-Joli, the Forum offers a new fusion of scientific conferences and workshops to address the issue of the status of partnerships between communities, governments, industry and scientific institutes regarding the management of marine ecosystems and resource sustainability.

The Forum québécois en sciences de la mer will highlight the Maurice Lamontagne Institute’s 25-year history and commemorate "November, Marine Sciences month," an initiative of the Table de concertation, which sought to present a series of events suitable for reflecting, collaborating and highlighting unparalleled advances in Quebec’s maritime environment.

Forum québécois en sciences de la mer