We can no longer ignore the effects of climate change or the potential implications for the health of aquatic ecosystems. The issue raises significant questions about the impacts on coastal communities and economies, particularly with respect to fishing, commercial navigation and tourism.
Since 2007, the Odanak Land and Environment Office has relied on the community’s commitment and abilities to protect species at risk. Over the last year the Office has turned its attention to Lake Sturgeon recovery in the Saint-François River.
In November, the Canadian Hydrographic Service used an aerial survey technique to cover an area of about 700 km² between Mistanoque Island and Blanc-Sablon. The results were very positive. It took only four days in the air to survey almost all the areas critical to coastal navigation.
In 2012, preliminary data for the commercial fishing season in Quebec show aggregate landings of 56,382 t with a value of $161.2 million. The year was marked by a 5% increase in landing volume and an 8% increase in value. This increase is mainly due to increased landings of snow crab and herring, and to an appreciable hike in landing prices for shrimp.
Joël Mercier is the Harbour Master (wharfinger) for the L’Anse-à-Brillant and Saint-Georges-de-Malbaie Port Authorities. He has always shown exemplary dedication, not only for the Port Authority, but also to users of both wharves under his responsibility.
The Forum Saint-Laurent is an annual event that promotes concerted action and collaboration by bringing together various stakeholders involved in managing the St. Lawrence’s resources and uses. Thereby this event contributes to the integrated management of the St. Lawrence.
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