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Quebec Bulletin
October - November 2013/Volume 16/Number 5

Dispatches

Marcel Fréchette Awarded Aquaculture Award of Excellence

Marcel Fréchette
Marcel Fréchette

The Research Award of Excellence was presented to Marcel Fréchette, Emeritus Scientist at the Maurice Lamontagne Institute, during the Aquaculture Association of Canada’s annual meeting held in Guelph, Ontario, in June 2013. This award recognizes the contribution of Mr. Fréchette, whose work significantly advanced knowledge of shellfish aquaculture development, an important issue for both Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the industry.

Mr. Fréchette's various research projects have been key to the aquaculture industry. One of the major achievements of these projects was adapting basic research to practical commercial applications for mussel farmers. For example, his publications on shellfish productivity based on the self-thinning theory had a direct bearing on monitoring and production optimization for Quebec and Prince Edward Island mussel farming sites.

Marcel Fréchette is known for his original and rigorous scientific approach, his commitment to aquaculture development, and his concern for people and groups whose living depends on the aquaculture industry. He has worked for the Department for nearly 30 years and was appointed Emeritus Scientist in 2013.

Yvan Lambert
Science

Jury’s Choice Award Winners in Wanted: Young Cartographers Contest

Kim Gagnon-Clusiaut
DFO R. Dorais
Kim Gagnon-Clusiaut

As part of the Wanted: Young Cartographers contest, Fisheries and Oceans Canada presented two Jury’s Choice awards to Secondary I and II students in June 2013. 

Catherine Bélanger and Kim Gagnon-Clusiaut received their awards at the Museum of Civilization. Their prize: participating in a hydrographic mission on the St. Lawrence River onboard the CCGS F.C.G. Smith.

Award-winner Kim climbed aboard the vessel for a busy afternoon, accompanied by her parents and sister. After a tour of the ship to familiarize themselves with safety procedures, the entire family learned more about what it takes to be a hydrographer. Guided by real-life hydrographers, Kim was able to check data acquired on channel depths as well as the various steps required to disseminate information.

While aboard the F.C.G. Smith, the Gagnon-Clusiaut family was able to see first-hand the technology and accuracy hydrographers work with. The family's interest in this profession was obvious through their questions and interactions. Kim, who wants to be an astronaut, had the opportunity to explore a nearby but little-known universe, one that is slowly revealing itself as technologies continue to evolve, thanks to increasingly clearer images of the seabed.

The Wanted: Young Cartographers contest is organized by the Canadian Institute of Geomatics and CEGEP Limoilou.

Robert Dorais
Science

Daniel Boisvert Retires

Daniel Boisvert
Daniel Boisvert

Daniel Boisvert, Chief of Resource Management, is retiring in October, thus ending his over 32-year career with Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), Quebec Region.

A biologist by training, Daniel arrived at DFO in 1981 as part of the Fisheries Science Branch. In 1983, he became an advisor for Resource Management and was responsible for groundfish and pelagic species management. His greatest achievement as an advisor was undoubtedly implementing the first Individual Transferrable Quota (ITQ) program in the Gulf for cod and redfish. In the early 90s, Daniel became Chief, Resource Management and, as such, actively participated in implementing various ITQ programs (snow crab, shrimp and scallop), developing integrated fisheries management plans, and reaching co-management agreements in the snow crab and shrimp fisheries.

Through his commitment to collaboration and positive attitude, he reached much-needed compromises on effective management measures that have contributed to the development and exploitation of various fisheries resources in Quebec and the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Those who have worked with him salute his innovative ideas, public speaking skills and repartee.

Patrick Vincent, Regional Director
Fisheries Management

Conviction for Fisheries Act Violations

Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Quebec Region, has released the names of fishermen who have received fines for violations of the Fisheries Act and continues to strictly enforce its zero tolerance policy for offenders. The Department has a mandate to protect and conserve fishery resources and is ever vigilant in its efforts to prevent poaching of marine resources.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada encourages the public to report poaching incidents by calling 1-800-463-9057. All calls are confidential.