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Quebec Bulletin
April - May 2014/Volume 17/Number 2

Presentation of National Recreational Fisheries Awards

Recipients Jean Robitaille and Richard Nadeau
Jean Robitaille (left) receives one of the five 2013 National Recreational Fisheries Awards for his commitment to conservation from Richard Nadeau, Regional Director General, Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

Every year, Fisheries and Oceans Canada presents five awards to people and organizations for their commitment to recreational fishing in Canada. The Canada’s National Recreational Fisheries Awards honours those who have contributed to the conservation, recovery or enhancement of recreational fishing and fish habitat. These people and organizations play and will continue to play a very important role in supporting and promoting this type of fishing all across the country.

In 2013, Jean Robitaille received one of the five National Recreational Fisheries Awards to recognize his exceptional contribution to preserving wildlife resources in Canada. His work under Opération Renaissance and his close collaboration with the Fédération québécoise des chasseurs et pêcheurs to reintroduce the striped bass in the St. Lawrence River are particularly remarkable. The Opération Renaissance partners have made a commitment to restore the St. Lawrence River to its former glory. Reintroducing the striped bass reflects Jean Robitaille's commitment to conserving biodiversity in Quebec. This project also helps raise awareness about the fragility of resources and aquatic habitats.

More recently, on April 17, 2014, Pierre Manseau's contribution to conserving recreational fishing was recognized when he received one of the five National Recreational Fisheries Awards for 2014. Mr. Manseau has been working to protect Atlantic salmon for over 30 years. He has made an outstanding contribution to the enhancement of the Atlantic salmon on a provincial scale. Thanks to his leadership and pioneering spirit, he implemented various initiatives that allowed fishers of all ages to discover the pleasures of sport fishing.

Pierre Manseau and Patrick Vincent
Pierre Manseau (left) receives one of the five Canada National Recreational Fisheries Awards from Patrick Vincent, Regional Director, Fisheries Management, Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

Past recipients as well as the projects and activities for which they received an award are published on the national website.

Congratulations to Mr. Robitaille and Mr. Manseau for their contribution to the conservation, protection and enhancement of recreational fishing.

Chantale Thiboutot
Fisheries Management

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