Two years after completing work to reduce siltation affecting aquatic grass beds around Île de Grâce in the Archipelago of Lake Saint-Pierre, the ZIP Committee points out that its investment has paid off.
A Network of Marine Protected Areas for the Conservation of Ecosystems in the Estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence
In collaboration with its partners, Fisheries and Oceans Canada is committed to conserving coastal and marine ecosystems by means of Marine Protected Area Networks. The Minister therefore intends to work with other federal departments and provincial governments to develop a network to conserve natural resources in the Estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence.
If climate change is sustained, the surface and bottom waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence will continue to become warmer. Some species caught in the Gulf, such as Lobster, will benefit while others will suffer. This is the case with the snow crab because it is more dependent on cold water than any other species fished in the Gulf.
Last June, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, through the National Contaminants Advisory Group, launched a second call for research proposals on the evaluation of the biological effects of contaminants on aquatic species. The invitation was addressed to researchers from Canadian universities and non-profit research organizations.
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