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Quebec Bulletin
October-November 2017/Volume 20/Number 5


Open House at the Maurice Lamontagne Institute: A Sweeping Success!

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More than 3,750 visitors of all ages attended the Maurice Lamontagne Institute's Open House from October 12 to 15, 2017.

To celebrate its 30th anniversary, the Maurice Lamontagne Institute opened its doors to the general public from October 12 to 15. The event was a resounding success, with staff welcoming more than 3,750 visitors of all ages.

Visitors were presented with 29 stations showcasing a wide range of scientific activities grouped under the themes of conservation, protection, research and innovation. The experts were delighted and enthusiastic about the opportunity to present their work and to answer numerous questions from a crowd of people eager to learn. Throughout the event, visitors were able to listen to marine mammal sounds, hold benthic organisms, look at zooplankton under a microscope, visit a laboratory measuring the effects of water acidification, see examples of fishing gear and a scientific buoy, and tour ships in the ship hall. Advanced techniques were presented on hydroacoustics, imaging, genetics, respirometry, oceanography and hydrography.

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The route included 29 stations, including the vessels room.

We would like to highlight the excellent work of event coordinator Sylvie Roy, supported by a dynamic coordinating committee. Together, they managed to mobilize hundreds of volunteers and staff from Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard to organize several school group tours and to provide an unforgettable experience to the countless visitors. Congratulations to the entire team for the success of this event. This open house has allowed us to fully achieve our objective of making our work visible and promoting our activities to the public. You never know... perhaps some of the young people whose eyes lit up as they discovered the wonders of marine science will one day join our ranks!

Pictures of the past

The Quebec Bridge during the assembly of the centre span.
The Quebec Bridge during the assembly of the centre span

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 edition: the Quebec Bridge

2017 was marked by several anniversaries, including that of the Quebec Bridge, which celebrated 100 years on September 20, 2017. Described at the time as the 8th wonder of the world, the Quebec Bridge is still the longest cantilever bridge on the planet. It is inseparable from the maritime landscape of Quebec, and its presence has an undeniable impact on navigation and de-icing of the waterway during winter.


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.