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Quebec Bulletin
August-September 2017/Volume 20/Number 4

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Pictures the past

White Island Reef No 5 lightship, in Québec Harbour, spring about 1914
White Island Reef No 5 lightship in Québec Harbour, about 1914.

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: Lightships

Anchored near hidden obstacles where it was virtually impossible to build a lighthouse due to the lack of a sufficiently stable base, lightships were used to signal areas that were dangerous for navigation. From 1830 to 1960, about eight lightships were used on the St. Lawrence. A lightship could require up to 12 crew members. The last lightship was replaced in 1963 with a pillar-style lighthouse like that of the Prince Shoal at the mouth of the Saguenay River. (Source: Naviguer sur le fleuve au temps passé 1860-1960, by Alain Franck. Les Publications du Québec, 2000.)

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.