Every year, an assessment of physical oceanographic conditions is conducted in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The latest assessment revealed that 2016 was marked by the third lowest ice cover since 1969, the warmest summer surface waters in the St. Lawrence Estuary since 1985, and the warmest sub-surface waters in 100 years!
The preliminary data for the 2016 commercial fishing season in Quebec show a third consecutive record in landed value, with shrimp, snow crab and lobster remaining the main species landed and exported. The Gaspé Peninsula remains the most significant marine sector in terms of landings.
Corals and sponges play an important role in maintaining the health of the ecosystems they inhabit. Concerned about facilitating their conservation and protection, Fisheries and Oceans Canada engaged in consultations in eastern Canada to identify areas to protect while reducing to a minimum the economic impact of future conservation measures on fisheries.
Participants in the 2017 Forum on Mi’kmaq and Maliseet fisheries in the Gaspé Peninsula and Lower St. Lawrence held in January in Rivière-du-Loup showed a strong desire to improve fisheries. They proposed options that could be viable for all First Nations.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada is increasing its marine environmental monitoring capability with the acquisition of four new automated oceanographic buoys. They will be used to measure a multitude of meteorological and oceanographic parameters at the water surface, and to independently profile temperature and salinity to a depth of 200 m.
The Town of Gaspé is acquiring the L'Anse-au-Griffon harbour infrastructure under a $1.9 million grant from Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Made possible by the Small Craft Harbours Divestiture Program, the transfer will officially take place on March 31 of this year.
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