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Quebec Bulletin
April-May 2016/Volume 19/Number 2

Dispatches

A Dinner With the Amundsen

Table of panelists
The CCGS Amundsen commanding officer, Alain Gariépy, along with its chief officer, Jean Gaumond, and scientists Guillaume Massé and Louis Fortier took great pleasure in answering the facilitator's questions.

On the occasion of the scientific, cultural and artistic event Décoder le monde [Decode the World] held last March 19 at the Musée de la civilisation, in Québec, the public was invited to participate in a dinner with the Amundsen.

During this conference dinner held in the Museum's restaurant, 60 people had the chance to enjoy their meal in the company of the crew members and scientists who work aboard the CCGS Amundsen.

A fifteen-minute facilitator-led discussion preceded each of the four courses. Commanding Officer Alain Gariépy and Chief Officer Jean Gaumond delighted the audience with a portrayal of life on board—and below! Participants listened very attentively and were fascinated by guest speakers who enthusiastically depicted in detail the preparation and navigation work done aboard Canadian Coast Guard icebreakers.

This was the second edition of the event Décoder le monde [Decode the World], whose theme this year was nordicity.

For more details on the ship: CCGS Amundsen.

Pascale Fortin
Communications

Handling and Releasing Wolffish: 6 Videos on Good Practices

Pêche récréative hivernale au poisson de fond
Handling wolffish accidentally caught in a crab trap.

Until June 2016, six short videos will be posted on YouTube. These videos will reinforce good practices in handling and releasing wolffish accidentally caught in fishing gear.

They focus on protecting three species: the Spotted Wolffish and the Northern Wolffish, two threatened species protected since 2003, and the Atlantic Wolffish, a species of special concern. These three species are listed under the Species at Risk Act.

The six videos present the different types of fishing gear and their specifics for safe releasing. They will be posted on the Fisheries and Oceans Canada YouTube site just before the opening of the Quebec fisheries that use this gear:

 

À l’extrême gauche, Mario Pelletier, sous-commissaire aux opérations à la Garde côtière canadienne, lors de la signature de l’entente. Mention de source : Maggie DeHaan
Northern Wolffish
Mario Pelletier, sous-commissaire aux opérations à la Garde côtière canadienne, et Julie Gascon, commissaire adjointe à la région du Centre et de l’Arctique. Mention de source : Maggie DeHaan

Spotted Wolffish

Spread the word!

You can contribute to wolffish recovery by raising awareness on wolffish handling and releasing good practices. Feel free to share these videos with your Facebook friends and your Twitter followers.

Fact sheets on good practices are also available in Fisheries and Oceans Canada area offices.


Conviction for Fisheries Act Violations

Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Quebec Region, has released the names of fishermen who have received fines for violations of the Fisheries Act and continues to strictly enforce its zero tolerance policy for offenders. The Department has a mandate to protect and conserve fishery resources and is ever vigilant in its efforts to prevent poaching of marine resources.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada encourages the public to report poaching incidents by using the online form or calling 1-800-463-9057. All reports are confidential.

Quebec region convictions under the Fisheries Act