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Quebec Bulletin
December 2017-January 2018/Volume 21/Number 1

December 2017-January 2018

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New Ecosystems Management Regional Director

The Fisheries and Oceans Canada team is proud to announce the appointment of Nicole Bouchard as Regional Director, Ecosystems Management. Ms. Bouchard, who began her career with the Department in 1999, has been in her new position since October 23, 2017.

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Entry into Office of an Oceans Management Director

Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Quebec Region, is pleased to announce the appointment of Anne Lagacé to the new position of Director, Oceans Management. Ms. Lagacé has been working in the federal public service for several years and started as Director on October 23, 2017.

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Previously Unseen Images of the Depths of the Gulf of St. Lawrence

A scientific mission was conducted in August 2017 to view, via imaging, seldom explored or unexplored sections of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Using ROPOS, a Canadian remote-controlled robot, the mission brought back previously unseen images and various samples of water, organisms and sediment. Their analysis will help us to learn more about these diverse habitats and add to our existing knowledge about these regions.

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Ocean Protection Plan: Reducing the Number of Wrecked and Abandoned Vessels

Reducing the number of wrecked and abandoned vessels to decrease their environmental impact is one of the many objectives of the Ocean Protection Plan. The Small Craft Harbours Abandoned and Wrecked Vessels Removal Program was established and allocated a $1.325 million budget to help achieve this goal. The application deadline for the 2018–2019 fiscal year is February 15, 2018.

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The Implementation of an Electronic Logbook Has Begun to Materialize

Fisheries and Oceans Canada is preparing to take a new step through the implementation of an electronic logbook. Following pilot projects and the establishment of a development standard for applications intended for fishers, the Department hopes that a greater number of fishers will adopt this new technology. Progressively, its use will become mandatory.