December 2017-January 2018
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Since the summer of 2016, Fisheries Protection biologists have been conducting visits of artificial reefs developed for lobster and other species in the Estuary and the Gulf of St. Lawrence. They want to better understand and document the effectiveness and sustainability of these enhancements.
Fish nurseries in the St. Lawrence Estuary are far from being permanent. On the contrary, the abundance of larvae growing there is heavily linked to the timing and strength of river floods and is therefore at the mercy of climatic variations in local watersheds.
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