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Quebec Bulletin
December 2014 - January 2015/Volume 17/Number 6


New Director, Resource Management and Aboriginal Affairs, Quebec Region

Denis Gros-Louise
Denis Gros-Louis

Denis Gros-Louis joined Fisheries and Oceans Canada on October 30, 2014, as director of the Resource Management and Aboriginal Affairs Branch. Before that, he was Indian Registrar at Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development.

Educated as a lawyer, Mr. Gros-Louis began his career at a regional level with Indian and Northern Affairs as Associate Director of Land Operations, then as Director of First Nations Land Management Initiatives. After holding positions at the Privy Council Office and Infrastructure Canada, he was named Registrar of Indian Lands and Director of Land Operations at Indian and Northern Affairs.

He successfully completed assignments at the Office of the Veterans Ombudsman and Canadian Heritage. While on assignment at Canadian Heritage, Mr. Gros-Louis and his team received the Deputy Minister's Award for Government of Canada online presence for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.

Exciting challenges are in store for Mr. Gros-Louis, who is full of enthusiasm about working with the maritime, fishing industry and aquaculture sectors to offer quality services. "I can't wait to work in a regional context again, where work is in symbiosis with the clientele."

Patrick Vincent, Regional Director
Fisheries Management

New Manager at Resource and Aquaculture Management

Dario Lemelin
Dario Lemelin

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dario Lemelin as Manager of the Quebec Region's new Resource and Aquaculture Management division. He held the position of Senior Advisor, Groundfish for Fisheries Management since 2003.

Mr. Lemelin is a biologist by training with a passion for fisheries and 30 years' experience in the field. He began his career at the ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec, first as a marine product inspector, then as an intergovernmental relations coordinator. He worked in that capacity for 18 years before joining the ranks of Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

Dario Lemelin officially took his new position in recent months. Together with his team, he is looking forward to collaborating with Fisheries and Aquaculture stakeholders to address the challenges of sustainable aquatic resource management.

Patrick Vincent, Regional Director
Fisheries Management

Funding of aquaculture research projects

The Aquaculture Collaborative Research and Development Program (ACRDP) is issuing a Call for Proposals for research project funding for the 2015-2016 fiscal year.

Proposals must support aquaculture research and development in the marine environment and address environmental performanceand optimal fish health. Priority will be given to projects that are aligned with the established research priorities for the ACRDP. Please note that the Program is no longer funding research that is aimed at improving fish or shellfish production or freshwater aquaculture research.

Established research priorities for the ACRDP

In Quebec, in 2014-2015, funding of $235,700 was awarded to a project for the sustainable development of offshore bivalve culture in the Magdalen Islands, with a special emphasis on production capacity and interactions with commercial fisheries.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding types of projects which might be funded or the application process, please contact Charley Cyr (418-775-0825).

The deadline for submissions of proposals is February 1st, 2015.

Students Summer Jobs in Search and Rescue

Marine rescue exercise
DFO S. De Broucker

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 31, 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.

The 2014 Forum Saint-Laurent: Adapting to Climate Change

A participant takes the mic

The Forum Saint-Laurent was held in Québec on October 29 and 30, 2014, under the theme Adaptation to Climate Change. The Forum's objective was to support concerted action among St. Lawrence stakeholders (governments, private organizations, NGOs, NPOs, etc.) to establish guidelines for the implementation of initiatives for adapting to climate change.

Some 100 participants were invited on the basis of their expertise and their involvement in managing the St. Lawrence's resources and uses, in accordance with the theme of the Forum.

The Forum included four conferences:

  • Adaptation to climate change in the fluvial environment, Serge Lepage, engineer and oceanographer;
  • Adaptation to climate change in the marine environment, François Morneau, Ministère de la Sécurité publique – Ouranos;
  • Climate change illustrated, Catherine Dubois, architect and doctoral candidate, Université Laval;
  • The St. Lawrence and climate change, Claude Villeneuve, Chaire en éco-conseil, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi.

The participants were also invited to take part in two workshops aimed at:

  • DEVELOPING shared guidelines for action to adapt to the effects of climate change;
  • IDENTIFYING projects through which each working group can achieve those guidelines in concrete terms;
  • APPLYING to the theme of adapting to climate change a method of working together and harnessing the expertise and resources of all sectors.
The Forum Saint-Laurent

The Forum Saint-Laurent is an annual event that promotes concerted action by bringing together the various stakeholders involved in managing the St. Lawrence's resources and uses. Its purpose is to develop shared guidelines in order to address issues affecting the St. Lawrence and to engage stakeholders in providing coherent management of these issues.

The 2014 Forum Saint-Laurent was a great success thanks to the excellent participation of everyone involved. The 2015 edition will focus on water quality.

Martial Ménard
Policy and Economics

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.