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Quebec Bulletin
October-November 2016/Volume 19/Number 5

Dispatches

Fish Habitat Protection: Have Your Say!

Fish in their habitat
DFO S. Blais

Fisheries and Oceans Canada launched an online public consultation to seek Canadians’ views on amendments made to the Fisheries Act in 2012. Provisions of the Act give the Department the power to preserve Canadian fisheries by protecting fish and the habitat that supports them. It is an essential tool to conserving the sustainability of our fisheries.

The consultation will look at ways to restore protections modified in 2012 and incorporate modern safeguards into the Fisheries Act in order to better protect fish and fish habitat for future generations.

Comments received during this consultation process will be forwarded to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans. This committee will consider these comments to provide recommendations on amendments to the Fisheries Act.

Canadians can share their views by visiting letstalkfishhabitat.ca

Did you know?
Gaining royal assent in 1868, the Fisheries Act is one of Canada’s oldest pieces of federal legislation.

Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program Application Period

The application period for the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program (RFCPP) is now open.

The RFCPP was established in June 2013 to enhance the sustainability of Canada’s recreational fisheries. It supports local partnership projects aimed at recovering the habitat of fish targeted by these fisheries. Specifically, the program enables proponents to manage and execute projects that restore compromised and/or threatened recreational fisheries habitat. 

Applications will be accepted for projects that commence in 2017-18 and are one to two years in duration. The deadline for applications is December 9, 2016.

Please visit our website for more details.

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.