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Quebec Bulletin
August-September 2016/Volume 19/Number 4


Focusing on the Safety of Lobster Fishers

Fishing harbour

Last spring, the Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST) made and posted an awareness video for lobster fishers.

Entitled Setting the Course for Safety: Preventing Falls Overboard and filmed on lobster boats from the Gaspé and the Magdalen Islands, the video shows fishers and deckhands at work, explaining and sharing preventive knowledge and the "tricks of the trade" they use to avoid falling overboard. According to fishers, the most dangerous situation in the season is the setting of traps when the fishery opens.

The video highlights the preventive strategies that have been found to be the most effective and easily adopted by the greatest number of fishing crews. It includes tips and advice regarding various working situations, such as loading, setting, hauling up and resetting traps; letting out ropes; arranging and snaring buoys; shifting trawls in the fishing area; the type of clothing worn by fishers; and preventive strategies on deck.

Setting the Course for Safety: Preventing Falls Overboard video

The American Bank, a World to Discover, a Treasure to Preserve

Underwater view of marine wildlife

To celebrate World Oceans Day 2016 on June 8, an underwater video was posted online to show the public the richness and importance of the American Bank. It is located off the eastern tip of the Gaspé Peninsula in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, and was chosen as a site to establish a marine protected area.

The images were compiled by Fisheries and Oceans Canada teams from benthic imaging surveys, dive surveys and using a remote-controlled submarine (ROV). Scientists were still working hard this summer, continuing to document this ecologically significant area.

The video: The American Bank, a world to discover, a treasure to preserve

Our Scientists ... on Video!

Fisheries and Oceans Canada periodically posts videos on its scientists from coast to coast.

These videos showcase DFO's scientists and the important work they do in researching Canada's oceans and aquatic ecosystems.

Meet three scientists from Quebec whose work has been showcased on video.

Denis Chabot's face

Denis Chabot, research scientist at Fisheries and Oceans Canada. He studies how environmental conditions in the St. Lawrence, such as low oxygen, affect commercial species like shrimp and cod. His research tool is called respirometry.

Diane Lavoie's face

Diane Lavoie, research scientist at the Maurice Lamontagne Institute in Mont-Joli, Quebec. She develops three-dimensional numerical models that reproduce the environmental conditions in the Estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence and on the Scotian Shelf to analyze climate effects on marine ecosystems.

Julie Larrivée's face

Julie Larrivée, engineering project supervisor with the Canadian Hydrographic Service at the Maurice Lamontagne Institute in Mont-Joli, Quebec. Watch her explain the hydrography work she does to ensure the safe navigation of commercial, fishing, and recreational vessels.

For additional videos on DFO's scientists, visit:
Our Scientists – From Coast to Coast to Coast.

Fishery Officer for a Day

The two winners and fishery officers

This spring, the Gaspé-Lower St. Lawrence Area of Fisheries and Oceans Canada gave Cameron Vincent and Emy Lévesque from Quatre-Temps de Nouvelle school the opportunity to be fishery officers for a day. The lucky students chosen for this activity were able to attend Grand-Rivière fishery officer meetings with fishers. They also participated in ground and sea patrols, and visited a fish market.

This very rewarding activity for the young participants was made possible through the Department's school program. The purpose of the program is to familiarize Grade 6 students with the work of fishery officers and raise their awareness about protecting marine resources and fish habitat. All students who take part in the program are entered into the draw to become a fishery officer for a day.

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.