The 144th Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society was held in Québec in August 2014 under the theme From Fisheries Research to Management: Think and Act Locally and Globally. Organized by Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the event brought together some 1900 attendees from more than 40 countries.
More than 40 restoration projects for aquatic habitats in Quebec have been funded through contribution agreements with Fisheries and Oceans Canada since the launch of the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program in June 2013. A fourth round for proposals has been launched on October 17, 2014 for projects to be undertaken in 2015-2016.
Voluntary measures applicable to commercial vessels and cruise ships navigating the St. Lawrence Estuary were implemented in 2013 in an effort to reduce the risk of collisions with whales. The results after the first year have been highly encouraging.
The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, met recently with representatives of the Regroupement des pêcheurs professionnels du sud de la Gaspésie to discuss their various projects, initiatives and accomplishments.
The Minister of Fisheries and Oceans was welcomed by various representatives of the local harbour authority and fishing industry in August 2014. While in the village, she announced a multi-year project to build a breakwater and install floating docks.
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