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The Quebec Region Bulletin
Volume 11 – Number 6 – December 2008 - January 2009

New Minister of Fisheries and Oceans: The Honourable Gail Shea

On October 30, 2008, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the appointment of Gail Shea as Minister of Fisheries and Oceans.

The Honourable Gail Shea was first elected to the House of Commons in 2008, in the riding of Egmont, Prince Edward Island.

Prior to her election to the House of Commons, Ms. Shea was a member of the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island. She was first elected in April 2000 and was appointed to the provincial cabinet as Minister of Community and Cultural Affairs where she was responsible for the Status of Women, the Worker’s Compensation Board and the Island Waste Management Corporation. From 2002 to 2007, Ms. Shea served as Minister of Transportation and Public Works.

Prior to entering politics, Ms. Shea managed a small family business for 15 years.

Ms. Shea has long been active in her community. She served as vice-president and treasurer of Royal Canadian Legion Branch #6. She has also served as a school trustee and former president of the local Home and School Association. Ms. Shea’s long record of volunteerism includes involvement in her local community festival, sports teams and church. A passionate advocate for seniors, she has also run a tax preparation program for seniors.

Ms. Shea is married to Russell and has five children and seven grandchildren.


The employees of Fisheries and Oceans Canada and of the Canadian Coast Guard in the Quebec Region wish you and your loved ones happiness, health and prosperity in the coming year. 



Aquaculture Innovation and Market Access Program (AIMAP)

A new program within Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) will help Canada’s aquaculture industry enhance its economic and environmental performance by developing management techniques and technologies. The Aquaculture Innovation and Market Access Program’s (AIMAP) overall goal is to support Canadian aquaculture and encourage innovation investments in this industry. Funding under AIMAP will help recipients plan, manage and complete aquaculture projects. It will also influence and encourage investments from a variety of public and private sector sources, promoting collaborative efforts in Canada's aquaculture industry and minimizing the duplication of effort.

Over five years, $23.5 million will be made available through AIMAP to fund innovative aquaculture projects that contribute to sustainable production (e.g. increased productivity or reduced production costs), increased industry diversification, enhanced environmental performance, or market access. Funding will focus on aquaculture innovation activities that contribute to one or more of the following objectives:

  • Sustainable Production: increased productivity, reduced production costs, and/or increased value of existing commercial species (e.g., broodstock improvements, access    to cultured spat, technology exchange, or coordination initiatives)
  • Increased Diversification: investigation and development of alternate species or practices (e.g., technology projects, technology exchange initiatives)
  • Green Technology: processes or practices that improve the environmental performance of the sector (e.g., feeding strategies, energy utilization)
  • Market Access: increasing market access for aquaculture products by supporting one or more of the following:
    • developing/adopting best management practices, third-party audited certification systems or other    approaches related to environmental management, on-farm food safety, quality, and marine safety
    • participating in strategic international initiatives aimed     at shaping certification standard for the aquaculture industry

Applying to the Program

AIMAP is a nationally competitive process, and requests for proposals are issued annually. Guided by priorities established with provinces and industry, the program will focus on short duration projects (one to three years) that will lead to industry-wide benefits. Proposals for the fiscal year 2009-2010 will be received until January 7th, 2009.

The AIMAP application process, a summary of projects already funded, frequently asked questions on AIMAP and contact information can be found at

Picture - Aquaculture
DFO : R.Laperrière


The CCGS Amundsen Returns to the City of Québec

By Simon-Pierre Goulet

The CCGS Amundsen returned to its home port on October 17, 2008, after a 450-day scientific mission at sea conducted as part of International Polar Year.

In the course of the     mission, the CCGS Amundsen explored several sectors of the Canadian Arctic, including Hudson Bay, Baffin Bay and the Beaufort Sea. It also navigated the Northwest Passage in both directions, at one point following part of the route taken by Roald Amundsen, the first navigator to complete the Northwest Passage.

The two commanding officers and the crew of the CCGS Amundsen tackled a major challenge during this expedition: spending the winter in the Canadian Arctic while remaining mobile, a first for a Canadian icebreaker.

Over 400 scientists were welcomed on board as part of their research, and 33 Inuit communities were visited for the project. The CCGS Amundsen travelled 31,847 nautical miles or 58,971 km, a distance equivalent to 1.5 times the circumference of the Earth, in the course of the most important Arctic research mission of our times.

To learn more about the scientific projects conducted as part of
International Polar Year, please visit

Picture - CCGS Amundsen




New Science Advisory Report on the Internet

The following science advisory report is now available on the Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat’s Internet site,, in the Publications section, 2008 series:

•     Assessment of the Greenland halibut stock in the Gulf of St. Lawrence (4RST) in 2007 (2008/044)

DFO : S. Julien



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
Cliffort Belvin Saint-Augustin Possession of lobster under the legal size and possession of a berried female. August 27, 2008 1st count : $500
2nd count: $500
Michel Dionne
Gaston Monger Tête-à-la-Baleine Non-compliance with 2006 cod licence conditions by exceeding daily quota by 1,660 lb. August 27, 2008 $250 + $311.40 for the value of cod harvested in excess of the quota. Michel Dionne
Marc Monger
Tête-à-la-Baleine Non-compliance with 2006 cod licence conditions by exceeding daily quota by 3,156 lb. August 27, 2008 $250 each + $591.75 each for the value of cod harvested in excess of the quota. Michel Dionne
Éric Joubert Sept-Îles Failure to provide logbook to fishery officers. September 22, 2008 $930 Louise Gallant
Réjean Bernatchez Cloridorme Allowing boat to be used without autorisation. September 3, 2008 $1,000 Lucie Morisette
Jean-Pierre Huard Gascons Leaving snow crab traps in the water for longer than the maximum 72-hour period. September 4, 2008 $750 Luc Marchildon
Steven Roussy Gascons Fishing with snow crab traps that did not have valid tags. September 4, 2008 $1,500 Luc Marchildon
François Arsenault Saint-Siméon
(Gaspe Peninsula)
Shellfish harvesting in a closed area. September 5, 2008 $500 Luc Marchildon
Nathalie Boissonault Saint-Siméon
(Gaspe Peninsula)
Shellfish harvesting in a closed area. September 5, 2008 $300 Luc Marchildon
Alain Deraspe Grande-Entrée Fishing for lobster without a licence.
Fishing lobster during a closed time.
Fishing lobster in a lagoon.
Possesion of lobster claws and tails separated from the thorax.
October 22, 2008 $300 for each count = $1,200 + 180 hours of community service + two years' probation with a two-year prohibition from entering a lagoon + forfeiture of seized goods. Jean Bécu
Robert LeBouthillier Bas-Caraquet
Possession of 18 Atlantic halibut less than 81 cm in size. October 22, 2008 $5,000 + three-year order to have Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) activated at all times when vessel leaves dock + forfeiture of seized goods. Jean Bécu
Yvon Thériault Havre-aux-Maisons Possession of female snow crabs. October 22, 2008 $1,500 Jean Bécu



Harbour Authorities - Recognition Awards Ceremony

 By Luc Boucher

On November 5, the Regional Small Craft Harbours Branch presented awards to three recipients in recognition of their exceptional contributions to the Harbour Authorities Program. The awards were handed out for the first time this year to mark the 20th anniversary of the Harbour Authority Program.

The Individual Commitment Award was given posthumously to the late Norman Letemplier by Acting Regional Director General of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Richard Nadeau. Mr. Letemplier, who passed away in summer 2006, served as an incorporating director of the Blanc-Sablon Harbour Authority beginning in 1991, and as the coordinator of five harbour authorities in the eastern portion of the Lower North Shore from spring 2002 until his death. The award honours Mr. Letemplier’s remarkable contribution.

The Harbour Authority Achievement Award was presented to the Cloridorme Harbour Authority. Spurred on by its Chair, Jean-Paul Huet, in recent years, the Harbour Authority has managed to offer an impressive variety of services on the site that it manages, including public washroom facilities, a canteen and the Harbour Authority’s offices. All of the projects were funded from sources other than the Small Craft Harbour Program.

Lastly, the Harbour Authority Environmental Stewardship Award was given to the Fishing Harbour Authority of Étang-du-Nord in recognition of the waste management system it implemented. All harbour patrons use the system, thanks to which close to 75% of waste is recovered for recycling purposes.

Congratulations to all the recipients! Thanks also go to all harbour authority volunteers for their involvement.

Picture - Harbour Authorities - Recognition Awards Ceremony 1
Bruno Longuépée, president of the Fishing Harbour Authority of Étang-du-Nord, receives the Harbour Authority Environmental Stewardship Award. The harbour authority also received the Environmental Stewardship Prix d’Excellence at a ceremony held in Ottawa on November 26. - DFO : P. Dionne
Picture - Harbour Authorities - Recognition Awards Ceremony 2
The Acting Regional Director General of DFO, Richard Nadeau, presents the Harbour Authority Achievement Award to Jean-Paul Huet, Chair of the Cloridorme Harbour Authority - DFO : P. Dionne
Picture - Harbour Authorities - Recognition Awards Ceremony 3
Odette Letemplier receives the Individual Commitment Award, given posthumously to her husband, the late Norman Letemplier. Ms. Letemplier also received the Individual Commitment Prix d’Excellence on behalf of her late husband at a ceremony held in Ottawa on November 26. - DFO : P. Dionne



AURAL: Technology Transfer Award for a Quebec Marine Instrument

 By Karina Laberge

Yves Samson and Yvan Simard from the Maurice Lamontagne Institute (MLI) have received a Federal Partners in Technology Transfer Award for the successful development, transfer and commercialization of AURAL (Autonomous Underwater Recorder for Acoustic Listening). Developed to meet Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s research needs, the technology has garnered accolades from around the world and created a market for a host of applications that range from recording whale songs to tracking the movement of ships.

A multidisciplinary team made up of researchers from the MLI, Multi-Électronique Inc. of Rimouski and the Institut des sciences de la mer (ISMER) developed the AURAL technology to capture undersea sounds at depths of up to several hundred metres for periods of more than a year. It uses instruments or networks of instruments that can be suspended from ship hulls, ice covers or environmental buoys or attached to the seabed. Installed in the Canadian Arctic since 2005, the technology is particularly useful for protecting marine mammals and chronicling the effects of global warming. With highly durable components that minimize energy consumption, the versatile system stores natural ocean sounds such as earthquakes and fish and mammal sounds, as well as signals of human origin and noise pollution caused by maritime shipping and offshore oil exploration.

AURAL made its debut in 2005 and within two years had generated more than 10 times the initial investment, with sales in Europe and the United States.

For more information on the Federal Partners in Technology Transfer awards, go to:




Part of NorthShore Closed to ShellfishHarvest

Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Quebec Region, wishes to advise residents of the North Shore that harvesting shellfish in the area from La Malbaie to Pointe-des-Monts is now prohibited for conservation purposes until March 31, 2009.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada is mandated to protect and conserve marine resources and is on the alert for poaching.



The Canadian Hydrographic Service Commemorates Historical Milestones

By Robert Dorais

Au pri

In recent years, the Canadian Hydrographic Service has been featuring photos of lighthouses on the cover of the Tide Tables. The photos occasionally highlight milestone events, such the 400th anniversary of the founding of Québec in 2008. Two anniversaries of historical importance will be commemorated in 2009.

Picture Tides and Current tables - Volume 2

First, Volume 2 of the Canadian Tide and Current Tables, which covers ports in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, will carry the logo of the Gaspé 2009 Celebrations for the 475th anniversary of Jacques Cartier’s arrival in Gaspé. The cover photo will be of the Cap Gaspé lighthouse. This is a tribute to the organizing committee of the Gaspé 2009 Celebrations, which will be held in the town of Gaspé over the next year. The celebrations will provide an opportunity to look back on the arrival of the explorers and settlers and their first encounter with the First Nations, which shaped the nation’s history.


Picture Tides and Current tables - Volume 3

Second, Volume 3 of the Canadian Tide and Current Tables, which covers the St. Lawrence Estuary and the Saguenay Fjord, will commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Île-Verte lighthouse. The cover will feature a photo of the lighthouse in winter and the logo of the festivities that will mark its bicentennial. The Île-Verte lighthouse was first lit in 1809, making it the oldest lighthouse on the St. Lawrence. It was built in a strategic location to guide ships through the tumultuous waters of the St. Lawrence, the scene of many wrecks.

The Canadian Tide and Current Tables are available from authorized dealers. For more information on tides and water levels, please visit or call 1-877-775-0790.



L'Acadien II: Release of Girouard Report

On December 1st, the Minister   of Fisheries and Oceans issued the following statement:

Today I received the report of Retired Rear Admiral Roger Girouard regarding the capsizing of L’Acadien II on March 29th 2008.  I want to thank Retired Rear Admiral Girouard for the important work he carried out in preparing his Report.  I am confident that his extensive experience at sea enabled him to objectively look at Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) policies and to make recommendations on how to improve them.

I would like to offer my deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the crewmembers of L’Acadien II.  I know that this loss is great.  I hope that the investigations and reports will help ensure that future losses are prevented.

In addition to retired Rear Admiral Girouard’s independent investigation and report, the Search and Rescue Operations Report produced by the Department of National Defence Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Halifax, as well as a letter from the RCMP advising the Canadian Coast Guard of the status of their investigation were posted on the DFO website.  Last week we also received the report of the Transportation Safety Board.

We now have the results and recommendations of all the investigations that were conducted.  As a next step, I am announcing the creation of a dedicated team to analyze the recommendations offered in all federal reports on L’Acadien II. The team will be led by a senior Coast Guard Officer and will work with other federal agencies and organizations, such as Transport Canada, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, and the Department of National Defence to ensure that the issues raised by Rear Admiral Girouard, RCMP and Transportation Safety Board are considered and addressed.   The team will report regularly to me on its progress and their plan will be made public early in the new year.  We will also share with the public the actions we take to ensure that this kind of tragedy is never repeated.

The capsizing of L’Acadien II has been difficult for everyone involved, including the officers and crew of the CCGS Sir William Alexander. The Girouard Report has confirmed that “the Coast Guard remains a capable and necessary organization devoted to service and safety on the Nation’s sea approaches, harbours and waterways.”  The CCG is committed to take all necessary steps to ensure safety in its operations: the recommendations in all three reports will help improve that  safety.

Editor’s note: The Girouard Report is available at




Students Wanted! - Canadian Coast Guard - Inshore Rescue Boat Program, 2009

From October 21, 2008, to January 22, 2009, students interested in working in navigation, marine search and rescue and prevention in summer 2009 are invited to apply for a position with the Canadian Coast Guard’s Inshore Rescue Boat (IRB) program. Details on the program are available at the following address:

Selected students will receive a 10-day intensive training course that includes search and rescue simulation exercises, first-aid and firefighting courses, SVOP certification from Transport Canada and RHIOT certification from the Canadian Coast Guard. Accommodation, food and transportation will be provided during the paid training period.

The students, working as either crew members or coxswains, will be assigned to one of the six IRB stations in Quebec: Valleyfield, Oka, Beaconsfield, Longueuil, Sorel or Trois-Rivières.

Candidates interested in applying for this program should expect to encounter a whole range of situations (vessels that run aground, are disabled or catch fire, persons overboard) and to work within the provisions of a number of acts and regulations (Canada Shipping Act, Charts and Nautical Publications Regulations, etc.).

The program is a unique opportunity to be a part of a very effective search and rescue team.
For more information, call 418-648-5330 or 418-649-6830.



December 2008 - January  2009
Volume 11 - Number 6

Published by:
Communications Branch
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Quebec Region
104, Dalhousie Street
Quebec (Québec)  G1K 7Y7
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