Our team is undoubtedly passionate about salmon fishing. Even though the king of the river possesses great strength to resist environmental threats, conservation and protection are nevertheless at the center of our actions. Our goal is to ensure the longevity of salmon populations in rivers across Québec for the sustainable development of responsible fishing by joining forces with regional and national allies in wildlife, environmental and tourism industries.
Since 1984, the FQSA has been representing the interests if its members primarily comprised of river management organizations, outfitters, salmon anglers, and even municipalities, research groups, First Nations and businesses committed to the conservation of salmon and rivers.
National Table on Wildlife
The Ministry of Forests, Wildlife and Parks (MFWP) has established a round table to discuss and consult on issues surrounding wildlife in Québec. The FQSA is an official partner alongside the Federation of Québec Outfitters, the Fédération des trappeurs gestionnaires du Québec, the Québec Federation of Hunters and Anglers, the Fondation de la faune, the First Nations of Québec and Labrador Sustainable Development Institute, the Société des établissements de plein-air du Québec (Sépaq) and Zecs Québec.
Many meetings are held each year to discuss central issues related wildlife in Québec. We proudly represent salmon, anglers, and river management organizations before our government officials. We notably came up with the Plan de gestion du saumon atlantique 2016-2026, and we are collaborating with the MFWP to instill additional measures to manage the resource. We are also among the partners that have developed the National Woldlife Policy. It is a valuable role when bringing our stances on issues to the attention of our authorities!
Remember that becoming a member of the FQSA means directly supporting our mission!
Partnership with the Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF)
Since 1995, the FQSA has held a place within the Atlantic Salmon Federation council, which has served on the FQSA’s Board of Directors since 2003. Our two organisations have thus been collaborating on many projects and overcoming challenges together for many years.
In 2016, a common desire to formally unite our two missions in Québec led us to signing a cooperation agreement with the ASF. Finalized in 2017, the purpose of the agreement was to highlight our respective actions regarding the conservation and the valorization of Atlantic salmon, as well as to emphasize the role of the FQSA in Québec, which has its own provincial organisation to act independently in matters concerning salmon, unlike in other provinces. Both organisations were, and still are, interested in minimizing overlap of responsibilities and actions in Québec, and increasing their synergy while maintaining their specificity.
The FQSA acts as Regional Council for the ASF and we are uniting our efforts to resolve several common matters.
Representation within NASCO
The FQSA has held a place for many years within the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization (NASCO), an international organization established in 1983 through the Convention for the Conservation of Salmon in the North, an international agreement signed by many countries in the salmosphere, including Canada. However, there was a decade during which we did not attend meetings. Luckily, we have reprised our role over the past three years and send a representative to join the discussion on major international conservation issues.
With the help of important associates from the scientific research field and our highly qualified team members, the FQSA offers its aid when events putting salmon or fishing at risk occur in Québec. Issues such as salmon transportation following the shutdown of the hydroelectric plant on the Mitis River come to mind, not to mention financing construction and reparation of infrastructures required for salmon runs through the Programme de mise en valeur des habitats du saumon atlantique de la Côte-Nord.
We are also involved in many committees and projects that deal with issues such as:
- Working group on recreational exploitation of striped bass in Québec;
- Adapting the area to climate change;
- Regional roundtables on issues involving land development;
- Integrated drainage basin management.
When salmon issues appear, we rise to the challenge!
To view our reports:
- Mémoire sur la gestion du saumon atlantique au Québec (2004)
- Mémoire sur le projet de développement hydroélectrique de la rivière Romaine (2008)
- Mémoire présenté dans le cadre de l’Étude stratégique environnementale du golfe du Saint-Laurent (2012)
- Mémoire présenté au ministre des Pêches et des Océans dans le cadre de la consultation publique relativement à l'ajout de cinq populations de saumon atlantique à la liste des espèces en péril (2013)
- Mémoire sur la gestion du saumon atlantique présenté au Comité consultatif ministériel sur le saumon de l'Atlantique (2015)
Projects and publications
Atlantic salmon conservation plans and sustainable development of sport fishing
The purpose of these plans is to paint a better picture of concerns related to habitat conservation and the development of sustainable fishing in any given salmon river drainage basin. As part of these projects, not only do we work with associates such as rivers managers and anglers, but also basin organizations, First Nations communities and farmers. We provide recommendations and the organizations prioritize the best course of action to use over time. Our assistance is offered as a personalized tool that can evolve over time to help regional organizations.
You can look up the FQSA’s latest plans, financed by the Foundation for the conservation of Atlantic salmon (FCAS):
- Plan de conservation du saumon atlantique et de développement durable de la pêche de la rivière Saint-Jean-Saguenay (2017)
- Plan d'action pour la conservation du saumon atlantique pour la rivière Godbout (2018)
- Plan de conservation et de mise en valeur du saumon atlantique de la Petite rivière Cascapédia (2019)
- Plan de conservation et de mise en valeur du saumon atlantique de la rivière Escoumins (2019)
- Plan de conservation du saumon atlantique et de développement durable de la pêche de la rivière du Gouffre (2019)
- Plan de conservation du saumon atlantique et mise en valeur de la pêche sportive sur la rivière Rimouski (2019)
- Plan de conservation du saumon atlantique et de développement durable de la pêche sportive de la rivière Sainte-Marguerite (2019)
You can also view the Conservation Plan for the Ouelle River implemented by OBAKIR:
- Plan stratégique de développement durable de la pêche au saumon atlantique de la rivière Ouelle (2016)
Monitoring species of interest
Atlantic salmon encounter multiple species across their whole migration route. We participate in many studies that monitor species that interact with Atlantic salmon, for example certain predators or invasive species. If this subject interests you, have a look at project reports and articles from the Saumon Québec magazine!
- Coming soon
- Portrait de la répartition des phoques dans les rivières à saumon de la Côte-Nord et étude de l’impact de leur activité de prédation sur le saumon atlantique (2019)
- Prédateurs de saumon (2019) (no 114)
- Mise au point sur le bar rayé au Québec 2 (2018) (no 112)
- Un sujet qui fait vibrer les saumoniers 3 (2019) (no 113)
Relationship with First Nations
We wish to build a stronger relationship with First Nations through projects and initiatives as we all have the best interests of salmon at heart. The FQSA is working to improve the sustainability of salmon populations and traditional and sport fishing activities. We are enthusiastic about our collaborations with many First Nations Organizations regarding educational projects, such as the program Histoire de saumon, and scientific projects to learn more about rivers, characteristics of salmon habitats and population restoration.
Climate change and water related concerns
Environmental concerns, spanning from climate change to water and habitat quality, are a central cause of our organization. Therefore, we work with a variety of organizations, notably basin organizations, university research groups, in addition to governments.
- Faire face à un monde de changement : tout un défi pour le saumon (2017) (no 108)
- Inclusion de la température de l’eau dans un modèle d’habitat pour les jeunes saumons (2018) (no 112)
Characterizing Atlantic salmon habitats
- Caractérisation des frayères et inventaire des nids de fraie du saumon atlantique de la rivière Ouelle (2016), projet réalisé par OBAKIR en collaboration avec la FQSA
- Projet d'acquisition de connaissances (2019) (no 116)
- Thermal shelters FCSA
Our organization protects wild salmon populations against aquaculture practices at sea. There are indeed many risks involved, which can be attributed to the quality of the water, escaped salmon raised in the natural environment that can transmit diseases and parasites to wild salmon.
- Avant-projet de loi : Loi sur l'aquaculture (2002)
- Aquaculture salmonicole : des enjeux importants (2019) (no 115)
As a federation, we take part in many committees and roundtables on forest management and other land development activities for salmon river basins. It is critical that we acknowledge salmon habitats and populations when dealing with human activities as they can severely impact the quality of a river.
- Fiches sur le saumon et la foresterie (2012)
- Développement des stratégies et de modalités de protection de l'habitat du saumon dans un contexte de gestion intégrée forêt-faune (2012)
- L’occupation du territoire et les sociétés d’aménagements (2008)
- Mémoire sur l’aménagement durable des forêts (2011)