On April 26, the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, began a tour of Quebec that took him to the Gaspé–Lower Saint Lawrence and to the Magdalen Islands.
This year, the Maurice Lamontagne Institute is celebrating its 30th birthday. The Institute contributes to innovation and the acquisition of new scientific knowledge, and the work performed there provides a reliable scientific foundation to protect the marine environment and resources and ensure safe navigation.
When boating in the St. Lawrence Estuary, it is not unusual to encounter beluga whales. For recreational boaters, it is a particularly special encounter. But is that true for the belugas?
Quebec marine product exports were up significantly in 2016, with a 10% increase in volume and a 21% increase in value compared to the year before. The main exports were snow crab, lobster and shrimp. The main market is still the United States.
Whales feed under water but must return to the surface to breathe. During each dive, they have choices to make: to stay as long as possible under water or to take short dives and come back up to the surface often. What is the best strategy?
In August 2008, a record number of deaths was recorded in several fish, bird and marine mammal species during a "red tide" observed in the St. Lawrence Estuary. This mass mortality was linked to the proliferation of a microalgae producing very powerful neurotoxins that were transferred through the food web to higher trophic levels.
The Lacs des Loups Marins Harbour Seal is a Harbour Seal subspecies existing exclusively in fresh water. It is a population that is unique worldwide, the size of which ranges from 50 to 600 individuals. The seal has been protected since May under the Species at Risk Act, and there is a recovery strategy that is currently the focus of a consultation.
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