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The Quebec Region Bulletin
Volume 10 – Number 2 – April - May 2007

Fisheries and Oceans Canada Announces a New Approach to Canadian Fisheries
Picture - Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada

On April 12, the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Loyola Hearn, announced a series of measures and investments to improve the economic viability of the fishing industry in Canada . “I have spent much of the last year talking with fishermen and listening to their concerns about the challenges facing their industry,” said Minister Hearn.  “What I am announcing today is an initial set of initiatives designed to respond to these concerns from across the country.”

The Minister announced a series of measures that will benefit the fishery across the country.  They include:

A Licence Fee Review to examine the relative cost of licence fees in different fisheries across the country.

A reversal of the previous government’s decision to collect administrative costs for log books, gear tags and the at-sea-observer program.

An investment in Fisheries Science of $61M over three years to broaden ecosystem-based science to more fish stocks.

An increase of the capital gains exemption for fishermen, farmers and other small business owners, which will go from $500,000 to $750,000.

In the Atlantic and Quebec regions, the Minister announced that it is his intention to work with fishermen and stakeholders to bring permanence and stability to sharing arrangements by 2010. In particular, he confirmed his firm intention to implement regional shares in Atlantic halibut 4RST and 4T cod for the 2007 season.



Minister Hearn at the Boston Seafood Show
Picture - Picture - Minister Hearn at Boston Seafood Show
During a stop at the Québec Pavilion of the Boston Seafood Show, Minister Hearn exchanged a few words with AQIP (Association québécoise de l’industrie de la pêche) president Robert Langlois (Pêcheries Rivière-au-Renard) and with Raymond Sheehan (Dégust-Mer, Sainte-Thérèse-de-Gaspé). - Photo : Robert Nicolas, Pêche Impact



New Science Advisory Reports on the Internet

The following science advisory reports are now available on the Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat’s Internet site, in the 2007 list:

  • The Saguenay Fjord Winter Sport Fishery in 2006

  • Assessment of Cod Stock in the Northern Gulf of St.Lawrence
    (3PN, 4RS) in 2006

  • Assessment of Witch Flounder in the Gulf of St. Lawrence (NAFO Div. 4RST)

  • Assessment of Herring in the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence (NAFO Div. 4T)

  • Assessment of Shrimp Status in the Estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence in 2006

  • Stock Assessment of Atlantic Halibut of the Gulf of St. Lawrence (NAFO Divisions 4RST) in 2006

  • Assessment of Cod in the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence (NAFO Div. 4T)



Convictions for Fisheries Act Violations

By Martin Bourget

Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Quebec Region, has released the names of fishermen who have received fines for violations of the Fisheries Act.  

Fisheries and Oceans Canada continues to strictly enforce its zero tolerance policy on violations of the Fisheries Act. 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 by calling 1-800-463-9057. All calls are confidential.




Sentencing date and fine


Roger Lévesque

Luc Dubois


Fishing lobster without a licence, fishing during a closed time and possession of lobsters smaller than the legal size.

February 6, 2007

$600  each plus 90 hours of community service each and two years’ probation with the condition of staying away from the Chandler and Newport wharfs between 6 p.m. and 8 a. m.
Dubois: Costs of $428. 24 for towing and storage of the offender’s vehicle.    

François Kouri

Clifford Belvin


Fishing herring with a monofilament net.

February 6, 2007


Louise Gallant

Louise Dresdell


Possession of snow crab taken in violation of the Fisheries Act.

February 6, 2007


Louise Gallant

Eldon Driscoll


Non-compliance with conditions of lobster fishing licence by using traps with non-regulation escape vents.

February 6, 2007


Louise Gallant

Daniel Lavallée


Non-compliance with conditions of cod fishing licence by exceeding weekly quota for the 2004 season.

February 6, 2007


Louise Gallant

Russell Roberts


Non-compliance with conditions of cod fishing licence by fishing with nets without valid tags.

February 6, 2007


Louise Gallant

Claude Vaillancourt


Non-compliance with scallop licence conditions for the 2005 season.


February 6, 2007

$2,550 plus 2 days’ fishing suspended in sub-area 16F. In addition, the accused will be required to keep his vessel surveillance system operating at all times.

Louise Gallant

Pascal Morneau


Sold softshell clams on different days without a licence.

February 12, 2007     

$175 for each of the 9 counts for a total of $1,575

Louise Gallant

Roland Beaudoin

Jean-Marie Jones

Lourdes-de Blanc-Sablon

Non-compliance with conditions of cod fishing licence by exceeding weekly quota for the 2004 season.

February 19, 2007

Beaudoin : $685.50

Jones : $685.50

Roberts : $786



Jacques Roy

Nelson Roberts


Tony Beaudoin Yves Jones

Lourdes-de Blanc-Sablon

Non-compliance with conditions of cod fishing licence by exceeding weekly quota for the 2004 season.

February 20, 2007

$786 each

Jacques Roy

Hughie Keats

Pierce Wayne Nadeau


Non-compliance with conditions of cod fishing licence by exceeding weekly quota for the 2004 season.

February 20, 2007

Keats : $786

Nadeau : $1,500

Roberts: 1st offence : $1,372

2nd offence : $907

Jacques Roy


Neil Hubert Roberts




Joint Action to Promote Marine Safety

By Carole Dumont, Canadian Coast Guard, and
Robert Fecteau, Transport Canada

The annual meeting of the Quebec Region Standing Committee on Fishing Vessel Safety, chaired by Transport Canada, was held on February 27, 2007 in Rimouski .

Picture - Joint Action to Promote Marine Safety 1

This meeting brings together representatives of the commercial fishery in Quebec and officials from various federal institutions, providing a forum for consultation and the exchange of information on topics related to the safety of fishing vessels and fishers. About 80 members of the fishing communities of the Lower St. Lawrence, the Gaspé, the North Shore and the Magdalen Islands attended the meeting. All of them said that they were pleased with the discussions and the quality and relevance of the information provided. The full-day meeting was equally profitable for federal managers, for whom these exchanges with fishermen are quite valuable. In fact, several Fisheries and Oceans Canada representatives, specifically, officials from the Canadian Coast Guard, the Fisheries Management Branch and the Canadian Hydrographic Service, were present together with Transport Canada representatives.

The following topics were among those discussed at this fourth edition of the annual meeting: search and rescue; Canadian Hydrographic Service products and services; pollution prevention and effluent management in shipping; and fishermen training and certification.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Transport Canada are committed to holding these meetings, which are now an integral part of the memorandum of agreement on safety at sea signed recently by the two departments. “We are counting on the regional advisory committees to enable the departments and the fishing community in Quebec to work together to identify and propose solutions for the promotion of safety at sea, thereby protecting fishermen from undue risks,” said Larry Murray, Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, on the occasion of the signing of the agreement last November.

Picture - Joint Action to Promote Marine Safety 2



Handling and Releasing Wolffish DVD

Down through the ages, many species of marine life have vanished from the face of the earth. Years ago, extinction was the result of climatic and environmental change, loss of habitat and other natural forces. Today, human activity is the main reason. Animals, birds and fish are disappearing at an alarming rate.

In Eastern Canada , the Northern and the Spotted Wolffish are considered threatened and there is concern over the future of the Striped Wolffish. They are now protected under the Species at Risk Act.

The Handling and Releasing Wolffish DVD, filmed at sea on various types of fishing vessels, encourages fishermen to carefully handle wolffish and to release them unharmed, as quickly and efficiently as possible.

The 20-minute film is available both in DVD and VHS formats at your local Fisheries and Oceans Canada office.

Picture - Handling and Releasing Wolffish DVD



The Search and Rescue Season Has Begun

By Pascale Fortin

From April to November, a number of Canadian Coast Guard lifeboats will be in operation and ready to assist fishermen and other users of the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the St. Lawrence River . Here is a quick reference table listing the different fleet units, their home ports and the sectors they cover:

 Name of Ship

Home Port

Sector Covered

CCGS Cap Tourmente


From Grondines to Cap-aux-Oies

CCGS Cap d'Espoir


From Cap-aux-Oies to Rimouski

CCGS Cap de Rabast


From Rivière-au-Tonnerre to Natashquan (north of Anticosti Island)

CCGS Cap Rozier


From Port-Daniel to Sainte-Anne-des-Monts (south of Anticosti Island)

CCGS Cap-aux-Meules


Magdalen Islands archipelago

The Marine Communications and Traffic Centres are tuned in to channel 16, around the clock. Emergencies can also be reported to the Marine Rescue Centre, by calling 1-800-463-4393.

Picture - CCGS Cap d'Espoir



Canadian Exports in 2006

Canada ’s fish and seafood exports, including farmed products, totalled $4.1 billion in 2006. Over 80% of this total was sold to five countries. The United States remains Canada ’s largest export destination, accounting for 62% of Canada ’s total fish and seafood exports ($2.5 billion). Japan ranks second ($342 million), followed by China ($276 million), Denmark ($125 million), and United Kingdom ($111 million).

Lobster, farmed Atlantic salmon, shrimp and snow crab were Canada ’s principal exports in 2006. Quantities of exports were higher for all four species and their combined export values reached $2.4 billion, just over half of the total exports covering all species. Lobster exports were valued at over $1 billion, followed by Atlantic salmon ($512 million), shrimp ($456 million) and snow crab ($426 million). The average price for lobster and Atlantic salmon exports increased between 2005 and 2006, while the period saw lower average prices for shrimp and snow crab exports. Other major exports for the year included herring, scallops and hake.



Canada and Conservation Groups Join Forces

In March, Fisheries and Oceans Canada signed an important agreement with a coalition of nine major non-governmental conservation organizations. The objective of this agreement is to achieve better conservation and protection of fish and fish habitat.

Under the agreement, each organization appoints a representative to a steering committee that will work to promote the responsible management of fish habitat. The conservation organizations will have the opportunity to provide advice to the government on issues and policies impacting on the stewardship of fish habitat. The agreement will also allow for better use of collective resources to deliver results for the conservation and protection of fish and fish habitat.

The non-governmental signatories of this agreement are the Ducks Unlimited Canada, Atlantic Salmon Federation, Canadian Wildlife Federation, Nature Canada , Nature Conservancy of Canada, Pacific Salmon Foundation, Trout Unlimited Canada, National Watershed Stewardship Coalition, and Wildlife Habitat Canada .



April - May 2007
Volume 10
Number 2

Published by:
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Quebec Region
Communications Branch
104, Dalhousie St.
Quebec (Québec)  G1K 7Y7
Telephone: (418) 648-7747

Caroline Hilt

Viviane Haeberlé

Visual Coordinator:
Denis Chamard