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Quebec Bulletin
December 2013 - January 2014/Volume 16/Number 6


Ariane Plourde's Departure

Ariane Plourde
Ariane Plourde

In December 2013, Ariane Plourde, Doctor of Agronomy, left the Department to explore new professional challenges as Director of the Institut des sciences de la mer de Rimouski (ISMER). She had served as Director of the Maurice Lamontagne Institute (MLI) and as Regional Director of Science at Fisheries and Oceans Canada since 2005.

Ariane was the second person to head MLI since its creation in 1987. She was able to overcome major challenges while contributing to the national and international influence of her research scientists and the Institute. She piloted the modernization of regional science management to adapt it to changes in scientific research and to the organizational context. Ariane also used her excellent leadership skills to create an environment conducive to building solid partnerships with governmental, university and institutional research communities.

I would like to take this opportunity to extend very warm thanks to Ariane for her significant contribution to the advancement of marine research in Quebec. Her colleagues join me in congratulating her on her appointment and wishing her much success in her new position.

Richard Nadeau
Regional Director General
Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Summer Jobs – Students Wanted

Étudiante du programme ESC
DFO S. De Broucker
Student in IRB program

Students interested in working in the fields of navigation, marine rescue and prevention in the summer of 2014 are invited to submit their applications to the Canadian Coast Guard's Inshore Rescue Boat (IRB) Service by January 31, 2014.

If you are accepted, you will participate in a 16-day intensive rescue training course, which includes simulation exercises in various emergency situations as well as first aid and firefighting classes. You will also receive specific certifications in boat handling. Accommodation, meals, transportation and salary are all provided during the entire training period.

Those who successfully complete the training will become crew members or, with experience, coxswains. These individuals will be assigned to one of the following six IRB rescue bases: Pointe-aux-Anglais, Beaconsfield, Longueuil, Sorel, Trois-Rivières or Bainsville (Ontario).

You could be required to respond to all kinds of incidents: disabled vessel, vessel aground, person overboard, flooding, capsized vessel, etc. You must also be aware of several laws and regulations: Canada Shipping Act, 2001; Charts and Nautical Publications Regulations; Small Vessel Regulations, etc.

This program offers a unique opportunity to join one of the most effective search and rescue teams in the country.

For more information, please call 418-648-3338 or 418-648-5326 or visit

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Danielle Fortin
Canadian Coast Guard

Reminders about Ice Fishing on the Saguenay

Pêche blanche et brise-glace
Ice fishing and icebreaker

During the groundfish ice fishing season on the Saguenay, fishers must comply with the regulations in force. Fisheries and Oceans Canada, whose mandate is to protect and conserve fisheries resources, strictly enforces the Fisheries Act and is ever vigilant in its efforts to prevent poaching of marine resources.

The Canadian Coast Guard is also present on the Saguenay River during the winter to provide icebreaking and commercial vessel escort services. It operates primarily between Île Saint-Louis and Port-Alfred, including through the Grande Anse area.

When an icebreaker goes by, the movement of water and shifting ice can be dangerous for anyone in the vessel's operational area. The same is true for equipment on the ice.

The Coast Guard therefore encourages the public to adopt safe practices when icebreakers pass and strongly recommends that pedestrians, fishers and snowmobilers leave the ice when they see icebreakers in the immediate vicinity.

For more information on ice fishing on the Saguenay, visit our Website.

New Administrative Office for the Canadian Coast Guard

As of January 1, 2014, you can reach the administrative office of the Canadian Coast Guard, Central and Arctic Region (Quebec, Ontario, Nunavut), using the following contact information:

Canadian Coast Guard
Central and Arctic Region
105 McGill Street
Montreal, QC H2Y 2E7 
Telephone: 514-283-0050
Fax: 514-283-0056

Convictions 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.