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

December 2015-January 2016

Best Wishes for 2016

Best Wishes for 2016

For many of you, the holiday season is not only a time for merrymaking, but also an opportunity to look back at the year and everything that you have accomplished. The same is true for our organization.

Andrew Rowsell, Area Director, North Shore.

New Area Director, North Shore

The Fisheries and Oceans Canada regional management team is pleased to welcome Andrew Rowsell as the new Area Director, North Shore. He took over from Martin St-Gelais, who has retired.


Gathering Scientific Information from a Buoy

A technical team from the Maurice Lamontagne Institute at Fisheries and Oceans Canada, in partnership with a company specialized in electronics, has designed and developed a system that independently acquires profiles of temperature and salinity without human intervention from a Viking scientific buoy.

Aerial view of Île aux Perroquets.

Île aux Perroquets Lighthouse

In January 2015, Fisheries and Oceans Canada finalized the transfer of the Île aux Perroquets lighthouse. During decontamination work on the site, archaeological excavations revealed more details about the station's history. In particular, archaeologists unearthed the foundations of the first lighthouse built in 1888.

American Eel

Special Feature : American Eel
The American Eel, a Species at Risk

The American eel has been identified as Threatened by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC). This designation was made following a review of the status of the species in 2012. In 2006, COSEWIC assessed the species as Special Concern. The redesignation by COSEWIC points to a deterioration in its status despite a drop in the mortality rate attributable to commercial harvesting.

An Eel's Journey to the Sargasso Sea

How do eels travel from their river to the southwestern Sargasso Sea? This is quite a long way to travel, 2,400 km to be exact, for a fish that, once it arrives, will reproduce, and then die. A team of university and government researchers, to wich Fisheries and Oceans Canada is party, managed to solve the mystery using satellite tags.