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Quebec Bulletin
April - May 2015/Volume 18/Number 2

Dispatches

Fisheries and Oceans Canada in the Spotlight!

Recipients of the award at the Soirée hommage aux ambassadeurs.
G Fréchette

Each year, the Cercle des ambassadeurs shines a spotlight on the most notable conferences and meetings that have taken place in Québec during the previous year.

This winter, at its Soirée hommage aux ambassadeurs, one of the 12 prizes was awarded to the 144th Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society held last summer. Fisheries and Oceans Canada was responsible for organizing this annual meeting.

We would like to congratulate the organizing committee, chaired by Louise Deschênes, and the numerous volunteers on their exceptional dedication and commitment.

Interested in learning more? Consult our previously published articles:

Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society in Québec: A Resounding Success

Annual Fisheries Society Annual Meeting: Join us in Québec in August!

Recycled Plastic in Our Port Structures

Wooden structures protected by plastic panels.
Once the wooden structures are almost complete and are protected by the plastic panels, they will be returned to the water and their construction will be completed on-site.

For several years now, Fisheries and Oceans Canada has been considering using planks of recycled plastic as protective panels on the docks.

These panels serve as vertical façades and absorb force from vessels as they dock. They are therefore subject to large impact forces. Generally made of wood, these panels often rot due to marine worms and abrasive sediments. The introduction of plastic panels would create a structure that does not rot, that is inert in salt water and that is more rigid than wood. This solution also seems to be economical in the long term because the structures have a much longer lifetime.

To date, plastic panels have been installed in the submerged sections of several wooden docks in the Gaspé area and the Magdalen Islands to protect them against abrasion from marine sediments, which become extremely sharp in the strong currents and tides. The results are encouraging and the plastic holds up well to the elements.

In the coming years, plastic panels could be installed on the entire vertical façade of a dock to test their capacity to absorb the impact of docking vessels.

By promoting the use of recycled materials on a broader scale on its docks, Fisheries and Oceans Canada would help to preserve the environment.

Élisabeth Marceau
Small Craft Harbours

Pleasure Craft Courtesy Visit Program: Still Necessary

Handing over the the commemorative Champlain voyages map to the exiting president of the CCGA-Québec
In March, during the Annual General Meeting held in Québec, Serge Gosselin, Regional Director of the Canadian Hydrographic Service, presented Léopold Béchette, exiting President of the CCGA-Québec, with a commemorative map of the Champlain voyages as a sign of appreciation for his excellent collaboration on the courtesy visit program for nautical charts.

Over the years, the Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS), the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) and the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary (CCGA) have established significant links. Each of these organizations, in its own way, teaches recreational boaters about the importance of adopting safe practices.

As part of the courtesy visit program, to which the CHS has added a nautical chart component, the CCGA and teams from the CCG Inshore Rescue Boat Service work to inform recreational boaters about the importance of updating their nautical charts and using information on water levels. They also use this discussion as an opportunity to learn more about boaters’ habits on the water.

Last year, CCGA volunteers and Inshore Rescue Boat Service teams met with more than 925 recreational boaters. Here are a few interesting statistics from these meetings:

  • 37% operate without a nautical chart
  • 53% use paper charts
  • 36% have CHS paper charts on board
  • 32% use electronic charts
  • 15% use CHS electronic charts

These results clearly show that raising awareness among recreational boaters is necessary to improve safety on our waters.

Robert Dorais
Science

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.