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Quebec Bulletin
April - May 2013/Volume 16/Number 2


Mandatory Sealer Training

The Fishery Officer checks the quality of the kill

In recent years, seal industry representatives from the Atlantic provinces and Quebec have expressed the importance that they give to sealer training. At the meeting of the Atlantic Seal Advisory Committee in Halifax in February 2013, the Department confirmed that, starting in 2014, training on the three-step killing process would be mandatory to obtain or renew commercial sealing licences. Training takes approximately three hours.

In 2009 and 2011, the Comité sectoriel de main-d’œuvre des pêches maritimes and the Fur Institute of Canada organized training sessions on the three-step killing process. Licence holders who participated in any of these sessions already meet this new requirement.

The Canadian Council of Professional Fish Harvesters, in collaboration with the Comité sectoriel de main-d’œuvre des pêches maritimes and regional associations of fish harvesters and sealers, is presently working to ensure that all sealers have access to this mandatory training before they renew their 2014 licences. Fisheries and Oceans Canada cooperates fully with these organizations to provide them with the required information and support.

Sylvette Leblanc
Magdalen Islands Area

Reopening of Seasonal Search and Rescue Bases

CCGS Cap Percé

Now that spring is here, the Canadian Coast Guard is reopening its seasonal search and rescue bases. They are in service in Quebec City, Tadoussac, Kegaska, Rivière-au-Renard, Havre-Saint-Pierre and Cap-aux-Meules from April to November.

The Canadian Coast Guard’s seasonal bases are strategically located to provide rapid assistance to people in distress, reduce the number and severity of maritime incidents, and to limit risks to the environment.

The Canadian Coast Guard’s Search and Rescue Services