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Quebec Bulletin
February - March 2015/Volume 18/Number 1

Dispatches

More than 1 500 Highly Valuable Books Donated to the Université du Québec à Rimouski

A collection of great heritage and historical interest to Quebec researchers was donated to the Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR) as a result of the consolidation of Fisheries and Oceans Canada libraries. These rare and ancient documents that once belonged to the Station de biologie de l’Arctique de Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue deal with biology, ichthyology, fisheries, oceanography and shipping, as well as Arctic exploration. Some documents published by the Trois-Pistoles and Grande-Rivière biological stations bear witness to the origins of oceanographic research. All these documents will soon be available at the UQAR library.

The consolidation of Fisheries and Oceans Canada libraries has led to the transfer of a large part of the collections of the Maurice Lamontagne Institute in Mont-Joli to the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in Nova Scotia and the Institute of Ocean Sciences in British Columbia. This transfer of unique documents was needed to complete the Departmental collection and maintain access to the information. Documents that are not available on the Web may be borrowed through the circulation service. Excess documents were offered to local, provincial, federal and international partners such as the Université du Québec à Rimouski.

For more information:
Fisheries and Oceans Canada Libraries

Fisheries and Oceans Canada Libraries’ online catalogue
Waves – Fisheries and Oceans Canada Libraries

Université du Québec à Rimouski library
Université du Québec à Rimouski website

Christine Lemay
Information and technical services management

Eastern Sand Darter Survey: a Great Success!

To learn more about eastern sand darter populations, an endangered species, Fisheries and Oceans Canada conducted surveys in the fall of 2014. Nearly 250 specimens were caught during these surveys in five rivers in southern Quebec, the Aux Orignaux, Du Loup, Gentilly, Nicolet and Nicolet Sud-Ouest rivers.
Implemented as part of the Recovery Strategy for the eastern sand darter published in 2014, these surveys also helped locate suitable habitat for the species and assess the size of the habitat. These data are of great interest for the recovery of the eastern sand darter since they will be used to implement measures to better protect the species, including through habitat stewardship and restoration activities.

View of the Nicolet River
DFO J. Trottier
View of the Nicolet River
 
Darter on the sandy river bottom
DFO J. Trottier
Sand darter in its natural habitat
 
A 7-cm Darter held in a hand
DFO J. Trottier
Sand darter
Eastern sand darter survey in the Nicolet River

The eastern sand darter is a small freshwater fish at risk and not common in Quebec. Its range includes the St. Lawrence River and some tributaries between Lac des Deux-Montagnes and Lake St. Pierre. It has been designated Threatened by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) and is listed as a species protected under the Species at Risk Act.

This species lives up to its name. The eastern sand darter is found near sandbars in which it buries itself to hide from predators. It feeds at the bottom of watercourses on small invertebrates, crustaceans or worms. Because this species appears to have specific habitat requirements and a limited ability to adapt, it is very sensitive to any factors that affect its environment.

Aquatic Species at Risk - Eastern Sand Darter (Quebec populations)
Fact sheet – Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Recovery Strategy for the Eastern Sand Darter (Ammocrypta pellucida) in Canada, Quebec populations
Species at Risk Public Registry – Government of Canada

Jacinthe Beauchamp
Ecosystems Management

Denis Gilbert Ends his Term at Argo Canada

Denis Gros-Louise
Denis Gilbert

Denis Gilbert, research scientist at Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Maurice Lamontagne Institute in Mont-Joli, will end his five-year term as Scientific Director of the Argo Canada program April 1, 2015. Mr. Gilbert was noted for his leadership and dedication to the advancement of this important program, including the commissioning of Argo buoys equipped with oxygen sensors He also played a key role in establishing a scientific partnership between Argo and CONCEPTS, the operational oceanography modelling initiative involving Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Environment Canada and the Department of National Defence.

Blair Greenan, researcher at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in Nova Scotia, will become Argo Canada’s Scientific Director April 1, 2015.

Argo Canada
Fisheries and Oceans Canada

A Milestone for Ocean Observation: International Argo Program Reaches One-Millionth Profile
Feature article in the December 2012 issue of Science – Fisheries and Oceans Canada

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.