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Quebec Bulletin
June-July 2017/Volume 20/Number 3


Photo of a Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary vessel
Approximately 600 of the 1,600 search and rescue missions carried out on average each year involve the assistance of a Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary unit.

The Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary, a Large Player in Search and Rescue

Icebreaking, flood control, search and rescue, marine communications and traffic management services, aids to navigation, environmental response: the services provided by the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) are numerous and diverse.

To fulfil its search and rescue mandate, the CCG depends on the cooperation of a number of partners, including the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary (CCGA). It is a non-profit organization that employs skilled volunteers to provide assistance to users of waters under federal jurisdiction. The CCGA utilizes many private vessels, whose members are owners, or so-called “community” vessels, which were either acquired by an organization that represents members, or given by the CCG. In urban areas, the CCGA operates primarily pleasure or community craft, whereas in the Estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence, it mainly uses fishing vessels.

In the area of responsibility of the Québec City Marine Rescue Subcentre coordinates search and rescue operations, an average of 1,600 search and rescue missions are conducted each year; of this number, approximately 600 involve the assistance of a CCGA unit. The missions in which the units are involved vary greatly, from simple towing to refloating, as well as firefighting and first aid, etc. The CCGA is therefore the most active marine search and rescue organization after the CCG.

The Canadian Coast Guard is very proud to be able to count on a partner such as the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary to carry out its activities in order to ensure the safety of Canadians.

Pictures the past

Photo showing two men (one seated and one standing) adjusting different communication devices (radio)
There’s no doubt that communication methods have changed enormously since the early 1900s...

This year, on the 150th birthday of Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Québec Region, has undertaken the publication of a series of historical photos from our photo archives. We invite you to consult them and take a trip into the past!

In this issue: Radio communication

Convictions under the Fisheries Act

Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Quebec Region, releases the names of fishers convicted of various offences under the Fisheries Act and continues to vigorously enforce its zero-tolerance policy towards 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 through its online form or by calling 1-800-463-9057. Reports are confidential.