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Infoceans
The Quebec Region Bulletin
Volume 10 – Number 5 – October - November 2007



The Maurice Lamontagne Institute: 20 Years of Achievements Benefiting the Community

By Sylvi Racine

A number of activities have been held since June to mark the 20th anniversary of the Maurice Lamontagne Institute. Touring the freshwater and marine sectors of the Quebec Region, Ariane Plourde, Director of the Institute and Regional Director, Science, and Louise Deschênes, Regional Director, Oceans and Habitat, took the opportunity to meet clients and partners and to take stock of 20 years of presence in Quebec. Their tour has taken them to Trois-Rivières, Mont-Joli, Blanc Sablon, Grande-Rivière and Cap-aux-Meules. A meeting is to be organized in Sept-Îles by the end of the year. The Institute has also been involved in events for the general public in Rimouski, Matane and Grande-Rivière.

Open House

On October 19, 20 and 21, some 2 500 visitors took advantage of the open house organized for the 20th anniversary of the Maurice Lamontagne Institute (MLI) of Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Ongoing activities at MLI were presented to visitors by means of a circuit of 37 exhibits. The teams based at the Maurice Lamontagne Institute are particularly interested in fisheries, aquaculture, marine mammals, navigation, and in the management and protection of aquatic environments, habitats, resources and ecosystems.

The research projects conducted by the Institute are of vital importance to the Department and are extremely helpful for the coastal communities because they provide essential data that contribute to the understanding of aquatic ecosystems, to the assessment and to a more effective management of the impact of human activity on these ecosystems, and to the safety of waterways. With an annual budget of 32 million dollars, the MLI employs some 400 people, including 29 scientific researchers.

Picture - MLI Open house
DFO F. Servant

Some thirty species of fish and invertebrates are sampled each year during research missions at sea. Although a few of them are fished commercially, most are virtually unknown to the general public. During the open house, visitors got to see and touch very diversified marine species.

Picture - MLI Open house
DFO F. Servant

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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: www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/csas

• Stock Assessment on Scallops of the inshore waters of Quebec in 2006
• Rock Crab of the Coastal Waters of Quebec in 2006
• Accounting for Changes in Natural Mortality in Gulf of St. Lawrence Cod Stocks
• Ecologically and Biologically Significant Areas (EBSA) in the Estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence: identification and characterization

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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. DFO 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.

Offender

 

Home

Offence

Sentencing date and fine

Judge

Elphège Arseneau

Québec

Carrying out work resulting in the disruption or destruction of fish habitat.

August 8, 2007
$1,000

Jean-Paul Décoste

Pierre-Luc
Gaudet-
Monnier

Le Gros 
Cap

Fishing lobster without a licence, fishing lobster during a closed time, lobster fishing in a lagoon.

August 8, 2007

$1,500 + 18-month probation with the specific condition of staying away from Magdalen Island lagoons that period.

Jean-Paul Décoste

Pierre 
Monnier

Fatima

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

August 8, 2007
$2,750 + 18-month probation with the specific condition of staying away from
Magdalen Island lagoons during that period.

Jean-Paul Décoste

Sébastien Audet

Carleton

Shellfish harvesting in a closed area.

August 20, 2007 - $300 + confiscation

Jean Bécu

Léopold 
Cyr

Carleton

Shellfish harvesting in a closed area.

August 20, 2007 - $300 + confiscation

Jean Bécu

Ivan Deslauriers

Carleton

Shellfish harvesting in a closed area.

August 20, 2007 - $300 + confiscation

Jean Bécu

Jean-Sébastien Landry

Saint-Omer

Shellfish harvesting in a closed area.

August 20, 2007 - $300 + confiscation

Jean Bécu

Eric 
Michaud

Le Bic

Shellfish harvesting in a closed area.

August 20, 2007
$600 + confiscation
Probation: 24-month prohibition against entering areas closed to shellfish harvesting (distance of no less than 20 metres from the banks).

Lucie Morissette

Philibert Michaud

Le Bic

Shellfish harvesting in a closed area.

August 20, 2007
$350 + confiscation
Probation: 20-month prohibition against entering areas closed to shellfish harvesting (distance of no less than 200 metres from the banks).

Lucie Morissette

Paul-André Poirier

Caplan

Shellfish harvesting in a closed area.

August 27, 2007

$300 + confiscation

Lucie Morissette

Roberto Blanchette

Saint-Anaclet-
de-Lessard

Non-compliance will hail-out requirements.

August 29, 2007

$1,000

Suzanne Bousquet

Roger Blanchette

Pointe-au-
Père

Non-compliance will hail-out requirements.

August 29, 2007

$2,100

Susanne Bousquet

Daniel Gignac

Saint-
Godefroy

Non-compliance will hail-out requirements.

August 30, 2007

$1,000

Lucie Morissette

Jean-Marie Girard

Pointe-aux-
Outardes

Non-compliance with commercial clam licence conditions (failing to wear a security vest with fishing licence number)

August 22, 2007

$200

 

Louise Gallant

Rolland Beaudin

Grande-
Rivière

Non-compliance with hail-out requirements.

September 5, 2007

$750

Luc Marchildon

Sylvio Cloutier

Percé

Non-compliance with hail-out requirements.

September 5, 2007

$1,250

Luc Marchildon

Christian Daraiche

Pabos

 

Unlawful snow crab landings.

September 5, 2007 - $1,200 + confiscation

Luc Marchildon

Phyllis Jonhson

Saint-Georges-
de-Malbaie

Lobster under 82 mm.

September 5, 2007 + confiscation

Luc Marchildon

Robert Lebel

Port-Cartier

Taking Atlantic halibut during closed season.

September 7, 2007 - $1,050

Louise Gallant

Jean-Claude D’Auteuil

Forestville

Breach of clam licence conditions. Failure to wear a vest.

September 18, 2007

$200

Louise Gallant

Jason Gagnon

Saint-Marc-
de-Latour

Taking clams in a bed closed because of contamination.

September 18, 2007

$200

Louise Gallant

Pierrot Cyr

Étang du 
Nord

Possession of lobsters smaller than the legal size.

 

 

 

Contravened conditions of lobster fishing licence by starting activities before 5 a.m.

October 17, 2007

$1,000 + suspension of fishing licence for the first two days of the lobster fishing season

October 17, 2007

$750 + suspension of fishing licence for the first two days of the lobster fishing season  

Jean-Paul Décoste

Donald Bourgeois

Bassin

Possession of lobsters smaller than the legal size.

October 17, 2007 - $500

Jean-Paul Décoste

Raynald Bourgeois

Bassin

Possession of an egg-bearing female.

October 17, 2007 - $500

Jean-Paul Décoste

Réal Chevarie

Havre-aux-
Maisons

Possession of lobsters smaller than the legal size.

October 17, 2007 - $1,000

Jean-Paul Décoste

André Leblanc

Étang du 
Nord

Possession of lobsters smaller than the legal size.

October 17, 2007 - $500

Jean-Paul Décoste

Bernard Leblanc

Fatima

Contravened conditions of lobster fishing licence by starting activities before 5 a.m.

October 17, 2007 - $750

Jean-Paul Décoste

Jeffrey Weeks

Grosse-
îles

Possession of an egg-bearing female.

October 17, 2007 - $500

Jean-Paul Décoste

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Connected to Marine Science at www.osl.gc.ca

By Joanne Hamel

The St. Lawrence Observatory (OSL), a Fisheries and Oceans Canada Internet portal launched in January 2000, is dedicated to the presentation and distribution of scientific data and information on the St. Lawrence. These data, widely used by communities, are essential to a better understanding and a well-informed use of the marine environment and coastal areas.

Online: data on the environment and living resources
Data collection activities provide facts, observations and measurements that form the basis of our knowledge of the St. Lawrence ecosystem. The products and services offered on the OSL portal are the results of numerous collaborations, not only within the governmental and academic scientific community, but also with other areas of activity such as shipping and fisheries.

In May 2000, the OSL presented real-time oceanographic and environmental data (salinity, temperature, wind, etc.) transmitted by a first oceanographic buoy anchored in the estuary off the Maurice Lamontagne Institute (MLI). Since then, data from a network of 5 buoys are available on the OSL, two of them jointly operated by the MLI and the Institut des sciences de la mer de Rimouski (ISMER).

 

Map - OSL

Also on the OSL are data gathered by scientific equipment installed aboard commercial ships under the Shipboard Thermosalinographs program and those of the Sentinel Fisheries program. The latter program, conducted in conjunction with inshore and offshore fishers in the northern Gulf of St. Lawrence, provides information on groundfish abundance and distribution.

The data sources available also include the MLI remote sensing laboratory, the oceanographic monitoring program and the Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS), which provides data such as tides, water levels, as well as hourly forecasts of surface currents and sea ice concentration and thickness for the estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Picture - Sentinel fisheries program

Drawing attention to marine science
The OSL enables the Department to share its views and expertise on marine science information with the wide community of portal users coming from every continent and engaged in a variety of areas of activity: commercial shipping and pleasure boating, government agencies, educational and research institutions, industry (ecotourism, coastal zone management, fisheries, etc) and the general public.

Towards the St. Lawrence Global Observatory
Since the end of 2005, DFO has been part of a network of 11 organizations—federal, provincial, academic and community-based—working to implement the St. Lawrence Global Observatory (SLGO), an initiative intended to provide quick and transparent integrated access to data and information from member organizations for the sustainable management of the global St. Lawrence ecosystem. This pooling of means and expertise will translate into an efficient access to the collective data assets and will promote co-operation and synergy.

Chart - Users of the St. Lawrence Global Observatory

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Carrefour Maritime: DFO's Dynamic Presence in Grande-Rivière

For the seventh straight year, Fisheries and Oceans Canada was present at the Carrefour maritime. The Department notably took part in a series of lectures on new technologies at the service of marine interests, eco-certification of seafood products, and sharing Quebec’s coastal environments.

The Department took advantage of the event to promote marine careers and occupations among hundreds of high-school and college students and the general public, with stands on resource conservation and protection, careers in the Coast Guard, the products and services of the Canadian Hydrographic Service, Harbour Authorities and invasive species.  Visitors were welcomed aboard both the fisheries conservation and protection vessel CCGS Louisbourg and a fisheries patrol aircraft.

Picture - Carrefour Maritime 1
Danielle Dorion, Habitat Biologist, introduces a few students to aquatic invasive species. Research carried out by scientists is providing information about how these species spread and how they affect the environment. - DFO M. Plamondon
Picture - Carrefour Maritime 3
Normand Tremblay, Chief Officer aboard the NGCC Louisbourg, explains his work to young Carrefour maritime participants and demonstrates that the Coast Guard has exciting and diversified jobs to offer, be it on ships or on land. - DFO M. Langlois

 

Picture - Carrefour Maritime 2
Guy Tremblay, a DFO Fishery Officer, describes his job and explains the importance of conservation and protection-related work for the future of marine resources. - DFO M. Plamondon

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New Activities to Protect the Health of the Oceans

A new Government of Canada investment of $42.5 million over three years will fund activities to conserve and protect Canadian oceans, under the National Water Strategy. This funding is in addition to the $19.0 million over two years announced in the 2007 Budget, bringing the five-year commitment for the health of the oceans to $61.5 million.

This funding will enable Fisheries and Oceans Canada to create four new national Oceans Centres of Expertise, to enhance its spill response capacity and emergency planning in the Arctic Ocean and to conduct scientific research for the designation of new marine protected areas.

Transport Canada , Environment Canada, Parks Canada and Indian and Northern Affairs Canada will also participate in this five-year plan which aims at improving the health of Canada ’s three oceans.

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Erratum: Aquatic Species at Risk in Quebec

In the Infoceans August-September issue, an article stated that the aquatic species that the Government of Canada intends to add to the list of wildlife species at risk, located in Quebec are the Copper Redhorse, the Shortnose Cisco and the Deepwater Sculpin. This should have been “the Copper Redhorse (endangered), the River Redhorse (special concern) and the Deepwater Sculpin, Great Lakes and Upper St. Lawrence population (special concern)”. Our apologies for this error.

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Infoceans

October - November 2007
Volume 10
Number 5

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

Director:
Caroline Hilt

Editor:
Viviane Haeberlé

Visual Coordinator:
Denis Chamard