Unusual water level variations in the St. Lawrence associated with Hurricane Dorian

By Denis Lefaivre and Bernard Tessier

Hurricane Dorian, which became a post-tropical storm over Quebec on September 7 and 8, 2019, disturbed the normal tidal cycle, causing extraordinary water level variations. During the storm’s passage, numerous storm surge warnings were issued for the St. Lawrence River and the Gulf of St. Lawrence. In Quebec, the Magdalen Islands were particularly affected.

The Honourable Bernadette Jordan.

New Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

By Martin Bourget

On November 20, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appointed the Honourable Bernadette Jordan as Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard. Minister Jordan, Member of Parliament for South Shore – St. Margarets, Nova Scotia, takes over from the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, who has been appointed Minister of Environment and Climate Change.

Photo 3: Representative sample of marine fish found in the cod-end.

Mission Accomplished!

By Naomie Girard

Last July, scientists from the Maurice Lamontagne Institute (MLI) in Mont‑Joli boarded the CCGS Leim for a 20-day mission aimed at documenting the state of the snow crab population in the St. Lawrence Estuary. The Fisheries and Oceans Canada team had a busy schedule ahead of them. For the first time, this demographic monitoring research on snow crab included an important biodiversity and environment component.

During a patrol at sea, a fishery officer takes the opportunity to inform a boater about the navigation rules related to the presence of marine mammals.

Fishery Officers Meet With Boaters

By Naomie Girard

From July 25 to August 4, more than 800 recreational boaters from the North Shore, the Magdalen Islands and the Gaspé Peninsula were made aware of the best practices that should be adopted to protect marine mammals.


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