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The Quebec Region Bulletin
Volume 11– Number 3 – June - July 2008

Federal Investment in the Rivière-au-Tonnerre Fishing Harbour on the North Shore

On May 5, Denis Lebel, Member of Parliament for Roberval–Lac-Saint-Jean, announced, on behalf of the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, a federal investment in the Rivière-au-Tonnerre fishing harbour on the North Shore.

“This significant investment will help restore the levels of service of all Rivière-au-Tonnerre harbour facilities,”  stated Mr. Lebel. “Today’s announcement clearly shows that the Government of Canada recognizes the importance of regional social and economic development and highlights the important contribution of local volunteers in the community.”

“The excellent co-operation we have enjoyed with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans is what has made this major announcement in our region possible,” said the municipality’s mayor, Jeannot Boudreau. Mayor Boudreau went on to say that “Minister Hearn and his department were key in ensuring that the Rivière-au-Tonnerre project got off the ground.”

This large-scale project involves demolishing the existing northern wharf and replacing it with a new structure on pilings, including a concrete slab. A system of fenders, mooring cleats and bollards, ladders, electrical service pedestals and proper lighting will be installed along the wharf. The tendering process for the project will be launched shortly with a view to an anticipated contract award around June 20. The construction work is expected to begin this summer.

From left to right, Guy Descôteaux, Small Craft Harbours, Martin St-Gelais, North Shore Area Director, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Pierre Cormier, Reeve of the Minganie Regional County Municipality, Denis Lebel, MP for Roberval - Lac-St-Jean, Jeannot Boudreau, Mayor of Rivière-au-Tonnerre, Anne-Marie Boudreau, councillor at Rivière-au-Tonnerre, and Gérard Asselin, MP for Manicouagan. - DFO : L. Morency



Government of Canada Invests in Quebec Small Craft Harbour Improvements

On May 23, the Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Labour and Minister for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, announced, on behalf of the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, federal investments for planning and repair projects at several Quebec fishing harbours.

“This Government understands that the fishery has always played a key role in Quebec’s success,”said Minister Blackburn, “We believe investing in harbour infrastructure will go a long way to helping fish harvesters maintain the important contribution they make to their communities, their province and to our country”

The $4.5 million in funding will be allocated as follows: the Gaspé Peninsula will receive $1,010,000, the Magdalen Islands will receive $880,000 and the North Shore will receive $2,610,000. This announcement is in addition to the $2,065,000 for dredging announced on April 25, but includes the funding for the project to rebuild the wharf at Rivière-au-Tonnerre.

Projects to be funded include wharf maintenance, slipway repairs, installation of electrical service and handling equipment, repairs to floating pontoons, some maintenance dredging on the North Shore and the preparation of plans and specifications for future projects. These projects are being undertaken under the Small Craft Harbours Program, in close collaboration with the harbour authorities that manage and operate the facilities for local users.

The Government of Canada understands the importance of small craft harbours to communities across the country. Since February 2006, the permanent annual funding for the Small Craft Harbours Program has been increased by $20 million, with a further $10 million commitment made in Budget 2008 over two years for repairs and environmental cleanup at recreational and non-core fishing harbours to permit the transfer of these harbours to interested parties.



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 “Publications” section, 2007 and 2008 series:

• The Saguenay Fjord Winter Sport Fishery in 2007 (2007/050)
  • State of the Ocean 2007: Physical Oceanographic Conditions in the Gulf of St. Lawrence (2008/016)
  • Assessment of Herring in the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence (NAFO Div. 4T) (2008/019)  



People Everywhere Participate in World Oceans Day

By Sylvi Racine

Sixteen years ago, at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, June 8 was proclaimed World Oceans Day. Since then, this international celebration has taken on increasing importance in promoting awareness about the health of the oceans.

By exploring our links to the oceans, we learn about how our actions and those of our communities can have positive or negative effects on the oceans. For a number of years, non-governmental organizations concerned about ocean-related issues have mobilized hundreds of people in various regions of Quebec to take part in stewardship actions. With the help of Fisheries and Oceans Canada staff, they have undertaken to make people aware that local actions can have repercussions on the world’s oceans. This awareness creates ideal conditions for maintaining healthy and productive aquatic ecosystems, which is an important part of DFO’s mandate.

Once again this year, DFO biologists participated in activities organized by ZIP committees and by integrated inland water management committees: one activity took place in the Magdalen Islands on June 2, 4 and 5 and another, in the bay of Rimouski, on June 5. The two activities were intended for groups of secondary school students, who had the opportunity to discover the rich diversity of life inhabiting eelgrass beds by using fishing gear to carry out sampling. The activity in Rimouski was followed by a shoreline clean-up.



Recreational Fisheries Awards

The Quebec Wildlife Federation is one of the recipients of the 2008 Recreational Fisheries Awards that were honoured on May 5. This year, two individuals and three organizations received the prestigious award. Fisheries and Oceans Canada created Canada’s Recreational Fisheries Awards in 1989 to recognize the outstanding efforts of individuals and groups working to ensure that Canada’s recreational fishery remains healthy and abundant.

The Quebec Wildlife Federation (QWF) is one of the oldest wildlife organizations in Quebec. The QWF has worked to establish programs and youth education projects that protect the environment while promoting conservation.

In 2002, the QWF initiated the "Operation Renaissance" project to reintroduce the once abundant striped bass back into the St. Lawrence River. This is one of the most ambitious wildlife projects in Quebec. The striped bass saw a dramatic decrease in its population in the early 1960’s and finally disappeared completely toward the end of that decade. Because of a unique combination of unfavourable conditions, it was the only species of fish to disappear from the St. Lawrence. More than one million bass of all sizes have since been reintroduced into the river.



The Capelin Observers' Network Needs You

If you witness capelin spawning or find evidence of the species’ presence, such as marine mammals feeding at the surface or capelins beached on the shore, call the toll-free number below to report it. Thank you for helping to increase our knowledge about this small fish that is so important to the St. Lawrence ecosystem! 1-877-227-6853



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.




Sentencing date and fine


Danny McCormick


Fishing for lobster without a license.

April 8, 2008

$500 + confiscating a kayak

Louise Gallant

Eddy Boudreau


Landing crab without it being weighed.

April 9, 2008


Louise Gallant

Marc Boudreau


Landing crab without it being weighed.

April 9, 2008


Louise Gallant

Joseph Yves Fournier

Atholville (Nouveau-Brunswick)

Shellfish harvesting in a closed area.

April 9, 2008


Lucie Morissette

Mario Leblanc


Landing crab without it being weighed.

April 9, 2008


Louise Gallant


Dominic Leblanc


Shellfish harvesting in a closed area.

April 10, 2008


Lucie Morissette



Unveiling of Commemorative Map "Champlain's Voyages and Explorations"

By Karina Laberge

Picture - Québec Mayor Régis Labeaume and Steven Blaney
Québec Mayor Régis Labeaume admires a detail of the commemorative map along with Lévis-Bellechasse MP, Steven Blaney. - DFO : J.Beardsell

On May 30, a commemorative map of the voyages and explorations of Samuel de Champlain was unveiled by Steven Blaney, Member of Parliament for Lévis-Bellechasse, on behalf of the Honourable Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the founding of Québec.

The founder of Québec, Samuel de Champlain, is also recognized as one of the first cartographers of New France. The mapping of the St. Lawrence River and its tributaries played an important role in the development of Canada.

“For more than 100 years, the Canadian Hydrographic Service has been mapping our country’s navigable waterways. Through its work, Fisheries and Oceans Canada has maintained the safety of navigation on the St Lawrence River, thus contributing to the history and development of Quebec,” said MP Blaney.

At the unveiling, MP Blaney presented a numbered reprint of the map to the Mayor of Québec, Régis Labeaume, to highlight the Government of Canada’s contribution to the festivities surrounding the 400th anniversary of the founding of Québec. The map illustrates Champlain’s main voyages in New France, from 1603 to 1615, in a style reminiscent of his original maps. Former place names from that era are juxtaposed with their modern-day equivalents. Also included are a few anecdotes relating Champlain’s encounters with Aboriginal peoples, as well as images taken from his writings.

The publication of the “Voyages and Explorations of Samuel de Champlain” commemorative map is one of the activities organized by the federal government to draw attention to the 400th anniversary of the founding of Québec. The map may be purchased for $14.95 from Canadian Hydrographic Service authorized chart dealers ( The map is printed in English on one side and in French on the other and measures 84 cm x 119 cm.

Map - Voyages and Explorations of Samuel de Champlain
Based on the maps compiled by Champlain, this map incorporates images representing Champlain’s various talents as an explorer, hydrographer, cartographer, illustrator, ethnographer, author and navigator. It makes reference to his 23 Atlantic crossings and identifies the sites that he mapped.

The map contains the following:

•  First detailed map of Québec published in Champlain’s travelogue in 1613 (Voyages du Sieur de Champlain Xaintongeois, capitaine ordinaire pour le Roy, en la marine [1604-1612] )
Excerpt from Traitté de la marine et du devoir d’un bon marinier, published in appendix to his last travelogue entitled Voyages de la Nouvelle France occidentale, dicte Canada faits par le Sieur de Champlain in 1632.



Set Sail with the Canadian Coast Guard

From June 21 to September 1, come and see the Passages exhibit in the former Customs building on the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) Base. Visitors can take a walk through history in this exhibit featuring artifacts, photographs and texts. They will learn the extent to which the CCG has contributed to the development of the city of Québec and shipping on the St. Lawrence River. Theme rooms and an interpretive program will also reflect what the Coast Guard does today, thereby generating interest in careers with the CCG



Come and see a Period Hydrographic Survey Ship, the Surveyor

From July 23 to August 2, 2008, the period hydrographic survey ship Surveyor will be visiting Espace 400e in the Old Port of Québec. The Surveyor is a replica of a vessel powered by oars and sails used by the British Admiralty circa 1792 to conduct hydrographic surveys.



Canada and Norway Sign MOU on Fisheries

On May 22, the Honourable Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, and the Honourable Helga Pedersen, Minister of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs of Norway, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to advance fisheries cooperation between the two countries.

The Canada-Norway MOU on Fisheries Cooperation, Aquaculture and International Governance Issues will promote opportunities for technical, scientific, environmental, and enforcement collaboration on fisheries issues, particularly in the North Atlantic Ocean. A Joint Committee will oversee implementation of the MOU, meeting annually to promote mutual cooperation and to facilitate information sharing on any matter related to fisheries, aquaculture and the oceans, including common challenges in the North and international governance.

Picture - Minister Hearn and Ms. Helga Pederson, Norway's Minister of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs, shaking hands
Minister Hearn and Ms. Helga Pederson, Norway's Minister of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs, shake hands after signing the MOU on Fisheries Cooperation in Malta on May 22, 2008



Dredging in the Gaspé Peninsula and Magdalen Islands

On April 25, Fisheries and Oceans Canada announced an investment of $2,065,000 for annual maintenance dredging at 13 fishing harbours in the Gaspé Peninsula and Magdalen Islands.

In the Gaspé Peninsula, $1,085,000 is being invested in dredging the fishing harbours of L’Anse-à-Beaufils, L’Anse-à-Brillant, Port Daniel East, Saint-Godefroi, Sainte-Thérèse-de-Gaspé, Bonaventure, Gascons (Ruisseau Chapados) and Rivière-au-Renard.

In the Magdalen Islands, $980,000 is being invested to dredge the fishing harbours of Grosse-Île (Cap du Dauphin), Île d’Entrée, Millerand, Pointe-aux-Loups and Pointe-Basse.

The dredging is necessary to ensure that vessels have adequate water depth in basins and channels. Dredging began in early April and will continue over the following months.  A work schedule will be provided to all Harbour Authorities so that they may inform fishermen of the planned dredging dates for each harbour.



New Fisheries and Aquaculture Map for Quebec

Fisheries and Oceans Canada is proud to officially launch a new map of the Quebec Region. The previous version of the map was published in 1994. Fisheries and aquaculture have changed considerably since then. The 2008 edition of the map has a more modern style and shows fisheries and aquaculture areas in Quebec based on 2006 data. A copy of the map can be obtained free of charge at local DFO offices or by contacting the Quebec regional office at 418-648-7747 .

Map - Fisheries and aquaculture



Shellfish Harvesting: Open end Closed Areas

To find out which areas are open and closed, call one of the following numbers or visit the Canadian Shellfish Sanitation Program’s Web site at

MAGDALEN ISLANDS : (418) 986-3882

From Saint-Roch-des-Aulnaies to Cap Gaspé: (800) 463-060
From Cap Gaspé to the Matapédia River: (800) 463-4204

From Ile-aux-Coudres to Baie-Trinité: (800) 463-8558
From Baie-Trinité to Blanc-Sablon: (800) 463-1736



June - July 2008
Volume 11
Number 3

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