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Quebec Bulletin
August - September 2014/Volume 17/Number 4


Renowned speakers at the American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting

 American Fisheries Society

The American Fisheries Society (AFS) Annual Meeting is being held from August 17 to 21 in Québec City. Four renowned scientists lectured on the following topics on the theme of From Fisheries Research to Management: Thinking and Acting Locally and Globally:

  • the importance of basic science for fishery management (Louis Bernatchez, Ph.D., Université Laval, Canada);
  • worldwide patterns in riverine fish diversity (Thierry Oberdorff, Ph.D., Muséum national d’histoire naturelle, France);
  • the importance of stakeholder involvement in fisheries management (Ana Parma, Ph.D., Centro Nacional Patagonico, Argentina); and
  • how organizations can involuntarily distort the flow of information (David Bella, Ph.D., Oregon State University, United States).

The next edition of Infoceans will provide an overview of the AFS Annual Meeting, which the Department hosted.

Maité Chavez
General Meeting Coordinator

New floating docks at the Port of Matane

New floating docks at the Port of Matane
DFO F. Labrecque

Matane fishermen can now count on additional spaces at floating docks to berth their vessels. Specifically, 82 linear metres of dock was installed at the Port of Matane for this project, carried out by Fisheries and Oceans Canada in collaboration with the local harbour authority.

Seeing as the main dock no longer had enough berthage spaces for the shrimp fleet, the Department suggested installing a line of floating docks within the main basin to remedy the lack of spaces. The owner of the site, Transport Canada, gave its approval for the installation. Floating docks are a viable alternative for shrimp fishermen, who will be able to manoeuvre more easily and safely. Another advantage of floating docks is that they can be installed in a short period of time and at a reasonable cost.

The new floating docks have been available for fishermen as of this past April. Electrical services will be installed this fall.

Some facts about the Port of Matane...

In addition to crab, turbot and whelk fishers, a fleet of about 12 shrimpers operates out of the Port of Matane on a permanent basis. This traffic is largely due to the Eastern Quebec Seafoods factory, which opened in Matane in 1980. The Port of Matane is the second-largest producer of northern shrimp in Quebec in terms of landed volume.

Jean-Pierre Huet
Small Craft Harbours

A new initiative to protect whales

A Mariners Guide to Whales in the Northwest Atlantic

The Shipping Federation of Canada and the Réseau d'observation de mammifères marins announce the publication of A Mariners Guide to Whales in the Northwest Atlantic.

This new guide was developed in order to provide mariners sailing in the Northwest Atlantic with information on the various types of whales they may encounter. It identifies areas in which they should be particularly vigilant. The tool, which is the first of its kind in Canada, includes information about the risk of collisions between ships and whales, descriptions of the 13 species of whales found in the Northwest Atlantic, as well as maps showing their distribution throughout the area.

This initiative was made possible by funding from the Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk. The PDF versions of the guide can be downloaded (in both French and English) on the sites of the Réseau d’observation des mammifères marins and of the Shipping Federation of Canada. A hard copy of the guide (in English only) can be obtained by contacting either organization.

Andréanne Demers
Ecosystems management

Marine mammal observation data on the Web

Marine mammal database

The marine mammal observation network (Réseau d’observation des mammifères marins - ROMM) is making its important marine mammals data collection available on the St. Lawrence Global Observatory Website. This database contains marine mammal observations acquired since 1998 by a network of volunteer observers. The observations can be found at

A crowdsourcing Web Application is also available on the site. It will enable the public to contribute to this database by sharing their observations of cetaceans, seals, sharks and other species of interest. You can register at The marine mammal network ROMM has also added educational material about marine mammals and their identification on the Global Observatory Website (French only).

Sylvi Racine