Maurice Lamontagne Institute

The Maurice Lamontagne Institute has been
open since 1987. Located in Mont-Joli, Quebec, it employs some
300 people in two main areas: ocean science and aquatic ecosystem management. There is also a maintenance shop for Canadian
Coast Guard (CCG) vessels. The Institute’s activities cover the Estuary
and Gulf of St. Lawrence, the Saguenay Fjord, as well as Hudson Bay and Hudson Strait. Certain activities also cover freshwater ecosystems. The work of the scientific teams focuses on
monitoring biodiversity and ecosystem status. Activities include aquatic invasive species,
research on fisheries and marine mammals, and ocean ecosystem dynamics. Work is also being done on climate change,
the impact of human activity on the environment, and species at risk research. Teams work on protecting aquatic species and
their habitats, protecting and recovering aquatic species at risk—both marine and
freshwater—and developing a marine protected area network in the Estuary and Gulf of St.
Lawrence. The Institute’s hydrographers and scientists
work aboard Canadian Coast Guard vessels. Two of them are dedicated to fisheries science
and oceanographic research. The Canadian Hydrographic Service provides
water level forecasts and monitoring, mapping and real-time Web services for navigation. The Maurice Lamontagne Institute has over
70 laboratories; the tank room is a specialized wet lab that can hold tanks of varying sizes
as well as high-tech equipment. This system accommodates large-scale experimental
studies for controls of observed and monitored environmental conditions. In addition, seven controlled-atmosphere units
are available in which smaller scale experiments are conducted in various fields, including
the acidification of marine waters. The Maurice Lamontagne Institute facilities
provide an environment that encourages the exchange of ideas. It is the only Francophone Fisheries and Oceans
Canada research centre, and all of its activities are done with the aim of advancing marine
and freshwater science.

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