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The Quebec Region Bulletin
Volume 10 – Number 4 – August - September 2007

The Amundsen on a Scientific Mission to the Canadian Arctic

By Valérie Vaillancourt

Over the next 15 months, the Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker Amundsen will serve as a platform for scientific research in Canada’s High Arctic as part of Canada’s program for International Polar Year (IPY). On July 19, Steven Blaney, M.P. for Lévis–Bellechasse, announced that the federal government would invest 18.1 million dollars in the expedition.

Three major scientific missions will be conducted on board the Amundsen: the Circumpolar Flaw Lead System Study, the Inuit Health Survey, and the ongoing research of ArcticNet, a Network of Centres of Excellence of Canada. The flaw lead study, to be conducted over a period of 10 months, will increase our knowledge of the Arctic ecosystem and provide insight into the effects of global climate change. The health survey will delve into the factors that contribute to health and resiliency in Inuit populations, in anticipation of changes associated with globalization, westernization and climate change. ArcticNet is studying the effects of global warming and the modernization of the Arctic on Canada’s Far North, in particular, the environment, human health, geopolitics and the economy.

The Circumpolar Flaw Lead System study will require that the ship spend the entire winter in the Arctic and that it remain constantly in motion, in spite of the ice cover. This represents an unprecedented challenge for Canada and one that will harness the Canadian Coast Guard’s expertise in planning northern expeditions and navigating ice-covered waters.

By the time it completes its voyage in November 2008, the Amundsen will have logged more than 50,000 km - a distance greater than the Earth’s circumference - and the passengers and crew will have consumed some 50 tonnes of food. At the international level, thousands of scientists and researchers from more than 60 countries are participating in IPY. Canadian researchers, including a Fisheries and Oceans Canada contingent, are participating in this undertaking which offers a unique opportunity to increase our scientific knowledge of the North and to improve the environment and the health and quality of life of Canadians.

For more information on International Polar Year, visit the
Web site:

Picture - CCGS Amundsen
On July 26, the CCGS Amundsen weighed anchor in Québec to embark on a voyage that will last 469 days. The icebreaker will explore several sectors of the Canadian Arctic, travelling as far north as 81° N in Kane Basin. It will also have to navigate the most difficult part of the Northwest Passage, Bellot Strait, which marks the northernmost point of the continent. - DFO P. Dionne
Picture - Steven Blaney
Above, Mr. Blaney is with the two commanding officers who will be in charge of the ship in the High Arctic: Stéphane Julien and Lise Marchand, who is the first woman to command the Amundsen in the Arctic. - DFO P. Dionne

The participation of the Amundsen in International Polar Year represents an 
18.1 million dollar investment by the Government of Canada. Steven Blaney made this announcement on behalf of the Honourable Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada.



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:

• Assessment of the Estuary and Northern Gulf of St. Lawrence (Areas 13 to 17 and 12A, 12B and 12C) Snow Crab Stocks in 2006 
• Stock Assessment of Northern (2J3KL) cod in 2007 
• Assessment of Snow Crab in the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence (Areas 12, E and F) 
• Assessment of Snow Crab in the Western Gulf of St. Lawrence (Area 19) 


Convictions for Fisheries Act Violations

By Valérie Vaillancourt

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


Denis A. Cyr


Fishing lobster during a closed time in a lagoon and without a licence.

May 9, 2007

$2,250, two years’ regular probation with the specific condition of staying away from Magdalen Island lagoons for the next two years.

Michel Dionne

Pierrot Décoste


Allowing work resulting in the alteration, disruption and destruction of fish habitat.

May 9, 2007


Michel Dionne

Steeve Minville


Possession of snow crabs smaller than the legal size.

May 9, 2007

Michel Dionne

Bernard Richard


Fishing lobster without a licence, fishing lobster during a closed time and obstructing fishery officers in the performance of their duties.

June 13, 2007
$1,500 + confiscation of a 35-foot boat, with an estimated value of $25,000

Embert Whittom

Greg Savoy


Non-compliance with seal fishery observation licence conditions for having come within less than 10 metres from a seal hunter on the ice.

June 13, 2007
$500 to be paid to the Centre d’interprétation du phoque de Grande-Entrée.

Embert Whittom

Parisé Bertrant


Fishing Atlantic mackerel without meeting licence conditions.

May 3, 2007

Sylvie Desmeules

Réal Chouinard


Refusal to take an observer on board.

May 23, 2007

Luc Marchildon

Allen Cotton


Failing to hail out.

June 7, 2007

Lucie Morissette

Dominic Huard


Fishing lobster without a licence.

June 7, 2007
$500 + One year’s probation; the offender is not allowed on
Chandler and Newport wharves between 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. the following morning

Lucie Morissette

Clifford Gallichon
Kevin Gallichon

La Tabatière

Fishing cod during a closed time.

May 30, 2007
$300 each

Dominique Wilhelmy

Onil Gionet


Fishing Greenland halibut (turbot) during a closed time and fishing whelk, without a valid tag.

May 24, 2007

Louise Gallant

Garry Etheridge
Marty Etheridge


Non-compliance with cod fishing licence conditions for the 2004 season by exceeding his weekly quota by 782 lbs..

May 28, 2007
$728.08 each

Dominique Wilhelmy

Wesly Etheridge


Non-compliance with cod fishing licence conditions for the 2004 season by exceeding his weekly quota by 506 lbs.

May 28, 2007

Dominique Wilhelmy

Jean-Yves Mercier


Fishing Atlantic halibut during a closed time.

May 24, 2007






Louise Gallant

Sébastien Lavoie


  1. 1-       Fishing crab without a licence using a crab trap.
  2. 2-       Fishing crab during a closed time.
  3. 3-       Fishing shrimp without a licence using a shrimp trap.
  4. 4-       Fishing shrimp during a closed time.

June 22, 2007
1- $100
2- $100 + Seizure of trap

3- $100
4- $100 + Seizure of trap

Réjean Bédard

Jean-Louis Labrie


Illegal landings of 
snow crab.

June 28, 2007
$1,200 + seizure of $300

Louise Gallant

Guy Maloney


Failure to hand in logbook to fishery officers

June 28, 2007

Louise Gallant



$4.73M in Federal Funding for Quebec Harbour Improvements

Fisheries and Oceans Canada will invest 4.73 million dollars for planning and repair projects at several Quebec fishing harbours. The funding will be allocated as follows: the Gaspé Peninsula will receive $1.39M, the Magdalen Islands will receive $540,000 and the North Shore of the St. Lawrence will receive $2.8M.

Projects will be carried out at several harbours in Quebec, including the La Tabatière fishing harbour on the Lower North Shore, where a major reconstruction project will be completed. Other projects include wharf repairs, paving work, the installation of electrical service and hauling equipment, breakwater repairs, the installation of cathodic protection, planning studies and the preparation of plans and specifications for future projects.

The projects will be carried out by Fisheries and Oceans Canada under the Small Craft Harbours Program, in collaboration with the Harbour Authorities that manage and operate these facilities for the benefit of local users. This cooperation helps the federal government to provide an operable system of harbours and facilities throughout Canada in support of commercial fishermen.

Gaspe Peninsula

L’Anse-à-Valleau – The development of plans and specifications for repairs to the main breakwater began last year and will now be completed. In addition, areas on the periphery of the launching ramp that are subject to erosion will be stabilized.

Saint-Georges-de-Malbaie – The plans and specifications for a future
project to ensure safe harbour facilities for fishermen will be completed. The project, as discussed with the local harbour authority, will include riprap revetment of the main wharf, the installation of floating wharves, increased protection and the construction of a new berthing face along the service area.

Rivière-au-Renard – Infilling of the basin and of the channel that leads the vessels to the East-Quai d’Amours, which has recently been reconstructed, significantly reduces its accessibility and disrupts the fleet operations. Dredging is required to ensure vessels have adequate depths. Once the work has been completed, fishermen will be able to navigate safely.

Mont-Louis-Ouest – The work will involve the demolition of the existing landing wharf, which is in a state of serious disrepair, and its reconstruction over a length of 40 metres using concrete panels and steel pilings anchored in rock. The project should begin in the fall and will be completed in the spring of 2008. Once the work is completed, users will once again have access to a minimum mooring area that is safe.

Cloridorme – A structural analysis of the harbour facilities will be conducted in order to ensure sound management of the useful life of the infrastructure. The study will include sampling of wharf material, the analysis of geotechnical components and the survey of the breakwater.

Percé – Annual inspections have revealed a void under the low landing structure. In addition to filling the void, the concrete slab will be demolished and rebuilt. The system of fenders located in this area will be consolidated.

L’Anse-à-Beaufils – Due to their obsolescence, the old floating steel wharves will be replaced with new floating wooden wharves. Minor work will be carried out to ensure the safety of the structures.

Grande-Rivière – A dredging project will be carried out to offer safe navigation conditions for users of this harbour. The work will be carried out in accordance with the recommendations of the environmental study, which should be completed in the coming weeks.

Other minor repair and maintenance work will be carried out at Sainte-Thérèse-de-Gaspé, Newport-Pointe, Port-Daniel and Cap Chat in order to ensure the safety of the harbour facilities.

Picture - Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities
On Wednesday July 4, 2007, in Port-Daniel, the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and Minister Responsible for Quebec, Lawrence Cannon, announced federal funding of $4.73 M on behalf of the Honourable Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans. - DFO M. Langlois

Magdalen Islands

Étang-du-Nord – A reinforced concrete slab will be constructed to complete the work started in 2006. At the request of the local harbour authority, the work will be carried out as soon as the lobster season ends, around mid-July.

Grande-Entrée – The east access road and the road running along the structures of the west basin of the harbour will be upgraded. Structural concrete slabs will replace the temporary structure put in place in 2001 in the traffic areas along the wood sheet pile walls.

Havre-Aubert – The electrical service of the new pile wharf will be installed over the course of the summer, which will complete the work started at this harbour in the fall of 2005. New service pedestals and a light tower will be installed to offer safe facilities for the operation of the harbour.

North Shore

Havre-Saint-Pierre – The final phase of the electrical installation of the new floating wharves reserved for commercial fishermen of this multiple-use
harbour will be carried out over the next season. This phase will consist primarily in the installation of service pedestals, which will complete the upgrading of the electrical system.

La Tabatière – The major reconstruction of the fishermen’s wharf, which was announced last January as part of a project that also included the reconstruction of Transport Canada’s berth No. 2, will be completed in the fall of 2007, giving fishermen access to safe, effective facilities.

Middle Bay – Following the repairs to a first section of the hauling slip
carried out last year, replacement of the damaged wood pavement on the
second section of the slip will be completed.

Sept-Iles (Parc Bunge) – Following the completion of the plans and specifications last year, cathodic protection will be installed on the sheet pile wharf, which will prevent corrosion and therefore increase the wharf’s useful



News in Brief - Open House for the 20th Anniversary of the Maurice Lamontagne Institute!

Saturday, October 20 and Sunday, October 21, 2007
850 route de la Mer, Mont-Joli




Recreational Groundfish Fishery

The recreational groundfish fishery, which does not require a permit, is still open in certain maritime areas in Quebec:
•   for waters around the Magdalen Islands, the fishery is open from       September 2 until midnight, September 16, 2007 .
•   for Quebec North Shore waters east of Natashquan, the fishery is open from September 29, until midnight, October 7, 2007 .

For conservation purposes:
•   the daily limit per person is 5 fish;
•   the limit per boat is 15 fish;
•   any Atlantic halibut, northern wolffish and spotted wolffish that
    are caught
must be immediately returned to the water.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada will be monitoring fishing activities closely. Fisheries officers will be out at sea, in the air and on wharves. Non-
compliance could result in legal proceedings or the premature closure of the fishery. For more information, contact a fishery officer at your nearest DFO office.



Harvesting Shellfish in Quebec Brochure

The Harvesting Shellfish in Quebec brochure has been reprinted and copies can be obtained from your local DFO office or directly from fishery officers. This document contains useful information, including descriptions of the various types of shellfish, as well as phone numbers to find out which shellfish areas are open to harvesting. Information is also available on the following Web site

Picture - Harvesting Shellfish in Quebec Brochure



Government of Canada Proposes Adding Six Aquatic Species to SARA

The Government of Canada announced its recommendation to add 6 aquatic species to the list of species protected under the Species at Risk Act (SARA). The species located in Quebec are the Copper Redhorse (endangered), the Shortnose Cisco (endangered) and the Deepwater Sculpin, Great Lakes / Upper St. Lawrence population (special concern).

The proposals to amend the list of protected species were published in the Canada Gazette, Part 1, on August 11, 2007 .  Canadians will have until September 10, 2007 to provide comments about the listing recommendations.  A final decision regarding the listing of these species will be made by January 26, 2008 .



Seal Products: Canada will Request WTO Consultations

The Government of Canada announced that it will seek formal consultations under the World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement process to address Belgium’s ban on the importation and marketing of seal products.

Canada believes that this ban, which entered into force in April 2007, is a violation of Belgium’s international trade obligations under the World Trade Organization. WTO consultations would be a step toward encouraging Belgium to comply with its international commitments. If consultations do not settle the dispute, Canada could request the establishment of a WTO panel to adjudicate the case.



New Edition of Magdalen Islands' Nautical Chart

On June 21, World Hydrography Day, the Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS), of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, officially launched the new edition of Nautical Chart 4950 for the Magdalen Islands. This event took place at the Musée de la mer, in order to stress the importance of the Magdalen’s Islands’ link with the sea.

Nautical Chart 4950 was reviewed and updated following a CHS consultation with its main users. The new edition combines the information formerly contained in two separate charts and incorporates the most recent data on depths, buoy positions and characteristics, underwater obstacles and toponyms.

The CHS, located at the Maurice-Lamontagne Institute, is responsible for charting Quebec’s main navigable waterways. It publishes nautical charts in both paper and digital formats, Sailing Directions, Tide and Current Tables and tidal current atlases. Mariners can purchase the new edition of the Magdalen Islands nautical chart at authorized dealers.



August - September 2007
Volume 10
Number 4

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