The early 1990s were exciting times for commercial fisheries in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, due to an abundance of redfish. But in 1995, the stock collapsed. A moratorium was implemented and fishing of redfish was banned. In 2010, the primary local population was listed as "endangered". In 2013, various scientific surveys revealed a surprising fact: the Gulf of St. Lawrence is covered with a layer of young, two-year-old redfish.
In order to modernize the safety of its operations, the Canadian Coast Guard is replacing the internal communication system on board its vessels. The CCGS Des Groseilliers is the third and final heavy icebreaker operating in the St. Lawrence area to be equipped with the new system, following the CCGS Pierre Radisson and the CCGS Amundsen.
Did you know that the Rivière-à-la-Martre lighthouse is located near the site of a former quarry, operated by the First Nations approximately 9,000 years ago? The recovery of prehistoric artifacts confirmed the presence of significant tooling activities at this site.
While participating in the Montreal Boat and Water Sports Show last February, the Canadian Hydrographic Service took the opportunity to meet with recreational boaters.
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