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Quebec Bulletin
December 2015-January 2016/Volume 18/Number 6

Dispatches

Historic Agreement Between the Eight Arctic Nations

On October 30, 2015, the eight Arctic nations, namely Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Russia and the United States, signed a historic agreement to increase cooperation between their respective coast guards in the increasingly accessible Arctic seas.

This agreement is the result of a process undertaken in 2014 and officially establishes the Arctic Coast Guard Forum, whose core mandate includes strengthening coast guard cooperation and coordination in the Arctic.

Creating this forum enables Arctic coast guards to share information about their available resources and work methods. This cooperation will prepare the Arctic nations to work together, notably during search and rescue operations or environmental emergencies.

Far left, Mario Pelletier, Deputy Commissioner, Operations, Canadian Coast Guard, during the signing of the agreement. Photo credit: Maggie DeHaan.
Far left, Mario Pelletier, Deputy Commissioner, Operations, Canadian Coast Guard, during the signing of the agreement.
Mario Pelletier, Deputy Commissioner, Operations, Canadian Coast Guard, and Julie Gascon, Assistant Commissioner, Central and Arctic Region. Photo credit: Maggie DeHaan.
Mario Pelletier, Deputy Commissioner, Operations, Canadian Coast Guard, and Julie Gascon, Assistant Commissioner, Central and Arctic Region.

Victor Chiasson-LeBel
Canadian Coast Guard

A Good Working Relationship Between the Listuguj Mi'gmaq and Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Listuguj Ranger Chief Peter Metallic and Fishery Officer Pierre Gagnon during a joint patrol.
Listuguj Ranger Chief Peter Metallic and Fishery Officer Pierre Gagnon during a joint patrol.

Rangers from the community of Listuguj and Fisheries and Oceans Canada fishery officers have had a very good working relationship over the past few years.

Every fall, the Listuguj Mi’gmaq in the Gaspe carry out their social and ceremonial lobster fishing in Chaleur Bay. This fishery, protected under section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982, which recognizes and confirms the ancestral and treaty rights of the Aboriginal peoples of Canada, is authorized under an agreement between the Mi’gmaq community and Fisheries and Oceans Canada. A monitoring protocol was established, with DFO fishery officers and Rangers from the community of Listuguj joining forces to monitor activities on a regular basis.

Pierre Gagnon
Fisheries Management

Gaspe Peninsula: Fishery Officers for a Day

This fall, four young people had the chance to become fishery officers for a day, thanks to the Fisheries and Oceans Canada Conservation and Protection Branch, Southern Gaspe District. The lucky students chosen for this activity took part in a sea patrol.

This activity, highly enriching for the young participants, was made possible through the conservation and protection school program. The purpose of this program is to inform Grade 6 students about the work of fishery officers and raise their awareness about the protection of marine resources and fish habitat. The participants were chosen by means of a draw among all the students who took part in the conservation and protection school program.

Gaspe Peninsula: Fishery Officers for a Day
From left: Fishery Officer Amélie Roberge and fishery officers for a day Antoine Poirier and Emmy Querry Arsenault from École Cap Beau-Soleil de Caplan. (Missing from photo: Fishery Officer Alexandre Poliquin.)
Gaspe Peninsula: Fishery Officers for a Day
From left: Fishery Officer Amélie Roberge and fishery officers for a day Anthony Woods and Megan Jones from Shigawake Port-Daniel School. (Missing from photo: Fishery Officer Jacques Boudreau.)

Jury’s Choice Award Winners in Wanted: Young Cartographers Contest

Every summer for the past five years, Fisheries and Oceans Canada has been presenting its Jury's Choice Awards to Secondary I and II students as part of the provincial Wanted: Young Cartographers contest.

Bernadette Ng (2014 winner), and Hakim Biskri and Camille Côté (2015 winners) participated in a hydrographic mission on the St. Lawrence River aboard the CCGS F.C.G. Smith, leaving from Trois-Rivières.

Over the course of two beautiful days, the winners, accompanied by their parents, had the opportunity to learn about the work of hydrographers and the crew aboard a scientific research vessel operated by the Canadian Coast Guard. After familiarizing themselves with safety procedures and observing the departure manoeuvres and deployment of booms containing the echo sounders, they watched the hydrographers at work and asked them questions. They were also able to observe the variety of river users, from canoes to cargo boats, plying the waters near the port of Trois‑Rivières.

During the mission, the winners were able to see the actual depths of the river, measured and displayed in 3D on the hydrographers' screens, They also learned what it takes to do their job, inclusing collecting data, processing it and turning it into useful tools for safe navigation. The visitors also witnessed the crew demonstrate its expert skills during buoy and docking approach manoeuvres. According to the parents, this award is unique because it helps young people get a better idea of a little known line of work. It cannot be purchased in a store.

The Wanted: Young Cartographers contest is organized by the Canadian Institute of Geomatics and CEGEP Limoilou. Thanks to this contest, more than 10,000 students have had the opportunity to learn about different careers in geomatics. The Department takes this opportunity to promote the marine aspect of geomatics as well as marine careers.

Young Cartographers Contest
Bernadette Ng, Secondary II student, 2014 winner. Logistical problems prevented boarding last year.
Young Cartographers Contest
André Hardy, Hydrographer, and Hakim Biskri, Secondary I student, 2015 winner.

Robert Dorais
Science