DFO Quebec Region’s main activities are the management and protection of marine fisheries, marine science research, waterway management and shipping safety as well as fish habitat protection in inland waters and marine environments.
These activities are divided into five major programs, Fisheries Management, Coast Guard, Science, Small Craft Harbours and Ecosystems Management. Most programs and activities are managed from the Regional Office in Québec. The Regional Science Branch and the Regional Ecosystems Management Branch are located at the Maurice Lamontagne Institute in Mont-Joli. Four branches play a supporting role in these programs, namely: Policy and Economics, Communications, Human Resources as well as Real Property Assets, Environment, Safety and Security.
The Quebec Region has a staff of more than 1,600 employees in some fifteen cities and villages. It provides a variety of services to clients that are even more diversified: commercial and Aboriginal fishermen, the shipping industry, port authorities, pleasure-boaters, environmentalists, socioeconomic associations, educational organizations and the scientific community.
Safe, healthy, productive waters and aquatic ecosystems, for the benefit of present and future generations, by maintaining the highest possible standards of service to Canadians and:
- conservation and sustainable resource use;
- scientific excellence;
- marine safety and environmental protection.