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Quebec Bulletin
June - July 2014/Volume 17/Number 3

Dispatches

Capelin Observers Network has moved!

Young girl presenting a capelin.

Since May 12, 2014, members of the Capelin Observers Network (CON) have been reporting their capelin spawning information on the St. Lawrence Global Observatory (SLGO) website.

The SLGO's primary mission is to promote the sharing and pooling of scientific information on the St. Lawrence ecosystem. The CON could not have found a better partner to share and publish its information.

Established in 2002, the CON invites the public to report its observations so that capelin spawning sites on the shore of the Estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence can be better documented. The information is then compiled and made available to the public.

Capelin is the main forage species of the Northern Gulf of St. Lawrence ecosystem. Cod, halibut, flounder, salmon, baleen whales, belugas, dolphins, porpoises, seals, northern gannets and other marine birds all feed on capelin.

If you see capelin spawning or notice signs of its presence, you are invited to report it.

Have you seen capelin spawning? Go to the SLGO website to share your observations.

Sylvie Sirois
Ecosystem 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 using the online form or calling 1-800-463-9057. All reports are confidential.