Fisheries and Oceans Canada is announcing the appointment of Yves de Lafontaine to the position of Regional Director of Science and Director of the Maurice Lamontagne Institute. He is replacing Ariane Plourde, who left in December 2013 to pursue her career at the head of the Institut des sciences de la mer de Rimouski.
In Quebec, recreational fishing of marine fish, those living in saltwaters, may be practised as long as fishing periods and daily catch limits for the area are respected. With the nice weather ahead, Fisheries and Oceans Canada is issuing a reminder about the rules in effect.
Through its National Recreational Fisheries Awards, Fisheries and Oceans Canada honours Jean Robitaille and Pierre Manseau for their exceptional contribution to conserving wildlife species and enhancing recreational fishing.
Jean Robitaille in known for his efforts in striped bass reintroduction, in the St. Lawrence River. Pierre Manseau contributed to the Atlantic salmon protection for more than 30 years.
Winter 2013–2014 was particularly cold in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. From December to March, the average air temperature was the lowest it has been since 1993. An abnormally heavy sea ice cover formed. The annual survey of oceanographic conditions in the Gulf was conducted during the coldest month of March since 1948.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada is studying the possibility of protecting the hickorynut, a freshwater mussel, under the Species at Risk Act. Fisheries and Oceans Canada is inviting interested individuals and organizations to share their views before June 9, 2014.
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