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Quebec Bulletin
October - November 2014/Volume 17/Number 5

Dispatches

Reconstruction at Canadian Coast Guard Wharf in Québec

Improvements at Queen's Wharf

On August 22, 2014, the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, announced on behalf of the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, a $12 million investment toward the reconstruction of sections 97 and 98 of Queen's Wharf at the Canadian Coast Guard base in Québec.

The improvements will ensure that the Department has the infrastructure required to enhance safety and security on the St. Lawrence River and to maintain and improve icebreaker support and search and rescue services. This investment is part of a major project to upgrade Canadian Coast Guard infrastructures across the country in response to its current and future needs.

Work at Queen's Wharf is set to be completed by the fall of 2016.

Students Summer Jobs in Search and Rescue

Marine rescue exercise

Students interested in working in the fields of navigation, marine rescue, prevention and first aid in the summer of 2015 are invited to submit their applications to the Canadian Coast Guard's Inshore Rescue Boat (IRB) Service by January 24, 2015.

The candidates who are retained will be assigned to one of the following six IRB rescue bases: Pointe-aux-Anglais, Beaconsfield, Longueuil, Sorel, Trois-Rivières or Bainsville (Ontario). They could be required to respond to all kinds of incidents: disabled vessel, vessel aground, person overboard, flooding, capsized vessel, etc. They must also be aware of several laws and regulations: Canada Shipping Act, 2001; Charts and Nautical Publications Regulations; Small Vessel Regulations, etc.

Inshore Rescue Boat Service – Students Employment Program
Canadian Coast Guard - MarInfo

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 MarInfo.

It's not a job. It's an adventure.

Danielle Fortin
Canadian Coast Guard

Surface Currents: International Working Group Visits Québec

Members of the Surface Current Working Group
From left: Kurt Hess, Chair (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), Ronan Pronost (Département hydrodynamique côtière – SHOM France), Edward Weaver (SPAWAR Atlantic), Ives Russ (National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency), Louis Maltais, Vice-Chair (Canadian Hydrographic Service), Carl Kammerer (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), Dave Enabnit (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), Briana Sullivan (Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping, University of New Hampshire), Eivind Mong (Jeppesen), David Brodie (Caris), Bodo de Lange Boom (Canadian Hydrographic Service) and Ronald Kuilman (Netherlands Hydrographic Service). Missing from photo: David Wyatt (International Hydrographic Organization)

The Canadian Hydrographic Service hosted the second meeting of the Surface Current Working Group (SCWG) of the International Hydrographic Organization* on May 28–30, 2014. The meeting brought a total of 13 attendees to Québec from Europe and across North America.

The event provided a forum for developing standards for the distribution of information on surface currents relevant to navigation. The international data exchange standards developed by the SCWG will be incorporated into a number of new technologies, such as advanced navigation systems with electronic charts displaying information on surface currents among a wealth of other data. This harmonization of information will enhance navigation safety and efficiency worldwide.

Canada's involvement in the SCWG provides an opportunity to contribute the expertise developed over the years at the Maurice Lamontagne Institute by researchers from areas such as the operational oceanography team and the Canadian Hydrographic Service.

Surface Current Working Group
International Hydrographic Organization


Louis Maltais
Science

* The objectives of the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) include the hydrography and mapping of all of the world's seas, oceans and other waterways. The IHO's mission is to create a global environment in which States provide adequate and timely hydrographic data, products and services and ensure their widest possible use.

Gaspé Peninsula: Fishery Officers for a Day

In the summer of 2014, the Fisheries and Oceans Canada Conservation and Protection Branch, Southern Gaspé District, gave several young people the opportunity to become fishery officers for a day. The lucky students chosen for this activity accompanied two fishery officers based in Grande-Rivière as they met with fishers, inspected fish plants and conducted land and sea patrols.

The activity is the final component of the Conservation and Protection Program school visits, where fishery officers raise awareness among Grade 6 students about their work as well as the protection of fishery resources and fish habitats. All students who attended the visits were entered into the draw to become fishery officer for a day.

From left: Fishery officer Pierre Gagnon and fishery officers for a day Antony Moreau and Josianne Michel from École Bon-Pasteur in Grande-Rivière. (Missing from photo: Fishery officer Angelo Normand)
From left: Fishery officer Pierre Gagnon and fishery officers for a day Antony Moreau and Josianne Michel from École Bon-Pasteur in Grande-Rivière. (Missing from photo: Fishery officer Angelo Normand)
Nicolas Landry-Boudreau (left) and Jennifer Lavoie from École des Audomarois in Saint-Omer with fishery officer Pierre Gagnon (middle). (Missing from photo: Fishery officer André Hogan)
Nicolas Landry-Boudreau (left) and Jennifer Lavoie from École des Audomarois in Saint-Omer with fishery officer Pierre Gagnon (middle). (Missing from photo: Fishery officer André Hogan)

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.