The Canadian Coast Guard is pleased to announce the appointment of Julie Gascon as Assistant Commissioner for the Central and Arctic Region. She takes over from Mario Pelletier, who has been promoted to the position of Deputy Commissioner of Operations.
CCGS A. LeBlanc, a new fisheries patrol vessel, was officially dedicated on July 9, 2015 in Gaspé Harbour. Its mandate is to enforce fisheries regulations in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
The Estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence encompass major summer feeding ground for large cetaceans like the blue whale, fin whale and common minke whale, that forage there. A Fisheries and Oceans Canada team of scientists recently plied the St. Lawrence, from the head of the Laurentian Channel to the Gaspé, on their eighth annual survey of the area to study how forage species such as krill and sand lance affect baleen whale distribution.
Diving with whales! We can only imagine it, since diving with blue whales or any other marine mammal is prohibited in the St. Lawrence. But this summer, a team of scientists used small electronic devices to do just that, as part of a project to find out where, when and what blue whales in the St. Lawrence eat.
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