The construction of a new bridge across the St. Lawrence River in the Montréal area required an environmental assessment. The measures implemented include initiatives to protect fish use of sensitive habitats and to minimize impact on fish movement.
Hydrographers do not spend their time hunting for underwater wrecks. However, their work does involve detailed detection of obstacles, many of which are in fact wreckage. Our hydrographers consequently watch closely for irregularities and forward information on to the receiver of wrecks where appropriate.
In the late 1960s, sustained fishing, poaching and significant changes in certain habitats led to the complete disappearance of striped bass from the estuary. Subsequent to a reintroduction program and intensive monitoring, this species is now being reported in areas throughout the St. Lawrence. A success for biodiversity in the St. Lawrence.
This year’s recipient of the National Individual Commitment Prix d’Excellence bestowed by the Harbour Authority Recognition Program was Sylvain Gaumond, port warden and member of the Harbour Authority’s executive office of the Sainte-Anne-des-Monts multipurpose harbour.
The 2016 edition of Guidelines for Watercourse Crossings in Quebec equips designers to ensure that bridges, culverts and other related structures do not obstruct the movement of fish. Free passage is essential for fish to feed, reproduce and find shelter.
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