ALLIES


 Agence Mamu Innu Kaikusseht (AMIK)
The Agence Mamu Innu Kaikusseht (AMIK), meaning «aboriginal fishermen together» in Innu language, is a non-profit organization that takes into account the fundamental principle of conservation and sustainable development.
The members of this group are the seven Innu communities located on the North Shore of the St. Lawrence. AMIK is dedicated to supporting its members involved in the exploitation and management of marine resources. Since its creation in 2006, AMIK has carried out awareness and knowledge acquisition projects on the marine environment, as well as on research and development in the field of fisheries.
 Montreal Biodome
The Biodome offers visitors an immersive experience through 5 ecosystems where more than 4000 animals of 225 different species and 750 plant species evolve under the same roof. Experienced hosts accompany them in this journey through the Americas that starts in the lush rainforest. The visit continues in the Laurentian Maple Forest where lynx, beavers, and otters can be observed in their natural habitat. The huge salt water pool of the Gulf of St. Lawrence offers a view of its rich marine life and, on the surface, of its many coastal birds. The tour ends with the penguins of sub-polar regions.
The Biodome team also includes researchers whose fields of expertise are tropical agronomy, the conservation of threatened plant species of the Laurentian forest, fish physiology, marine ecology, and management of urban wildlife.
 Conseil régional de l'environnement du Bas-Saint-Laurent (CREBSL)
The Conseil régional de l’environnement du Bas-Saint-Laurent is a non-profit organization, dedicated to consultation about environment protection and sustainable development.
Stemming from the initiative of individuals concerned about the quality of their environment in Eastern Québec,the Regional council of the Eastern Québec environment was one of the first environmental councils to emerge in the province in 1977. Since 1996, the environmental council holds activities exclusively on the territory of the administrative region of the Lower St. Lawrence.
 Conseil régional de l'Environnement de la Gaspésie et des Îles-de-la-Madeleine (CREGÎM)
CREGÎM is a non-profit organization whose mission is to inform and make policy-makers, leaders, and the general public of Gaspésie and the Magdalen Islands aware of the stakes of sustainable development and environment protection by counting on the consultation and representation of regional actors, and by acting as a resource organization for the milieu.
 GEERG / Québec Shark Observatory (ORQ)
The mission of GEERG and of the Québec Shark Observatory is to study the Greenland shark and other elasmobranch fish of Québec and Canada to advance scientific knowledge relative to sharks and rays, and to make the general public aware of conservation and sustainable fishing practices.
 ÉcoMaris
ÉcoMaris is a non-profit organization whose mission is to raise awareness and educate the public on the fluvial or marine environment, through expeditions on a tall ship.
The vision of ÉcoMaris is to create a unique learning experience that transforms the lives of the participants, by encouraging discovery and accountability. The intellect and imagination are solicited, leadership is encouraged, and the understanding of the marine environment is improved.
 Exploramer
Located on the Sainte-Anne-des-Monts dock in Gaspésie, Exploramer is a scientific complex of activities focused on the St. Lawrence’s marine environment.
Exploramer offers an aquarium park, a museum, interactive exhibitions, eco-tours at sea, interpretation activities of the underwater shoreline (fyke nets), and the certification program Smarter Seafood. Educational activities are offered year-round, including the Explo-Mer scientific contest.
 Nature Québec
Nature Québec is a national non-profit organization that gathers individuals and organizations working to protect the environment and to promote sustainable development. Since 1981, Nature Québec subscribes to the goals of the Global strategy of conservation of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN):
  • maintain ecological processes essential to life;
  • preserve biodiversity;
  • promote the sustainable use of species, ecosystems, and resources.
Nature Québec intervenes to protect nature during the development of agricultural and forest territories, the management of the St. Lawrence, and the achievement of urban, road, industrial, and energy development projects. Furthermore, Nature Québec makes the population aware of environment protection.
 St. Lawrence Global Observatory – SLGO
The St. Lawrence Global Observatory (SLGO) is a non-profit organization established in 2005 whose mission is : "To promote and facilitate access, dissemination and exchange of electronic data and information about the St. Lawrence system by fostering a networking of data producers, in order to meet their needs and those of their clients, to improve knowledge and to assist decision making." SLGO provides access to data from multiple partners regarding the oceanography (currents, temperature, salinity, wind , etc.) and biology of the St. Lawrence.
 Parc national du Bic
A landscape moulded by the sea…
The parc national du Bic covers a small area of 33,2 km², 18,8 of which are land. It is located in the natural region of the south shore of the estuary, in the district of Le Bic (city of Rimouski), and in the municipality of Saint-Fabien. It is characterized by the presence of rocky ridges aligned parallel to the River and interspersed with old marine terraces. From a geological point of view, this park is linked to the vast Appalachian region.
The river’s cold and salty waters clearly influence its physiognomy to create capes, coves, and bays opening onto the islands and rocky points. The marine environment greatly influences the fauna and flora diversity of the location. Many seals and various specimens of seacoast birds can be observed.
 Saguenay – St. Lawrence Marine Park
Established in 1998, the Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park is the result of joint action by the Governments of Canada and Quebec. It is part of the network of National Marine Conservation Areas managed by Parks Canada and of the network of Quebec national parks operated by Parcs Québec. Management of the marine park is based on the active participation of regional stakeholders, local communities and the Essipit Innu First Nation.
The mandate of the Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park is to increase, for the benefit of the present and future generations, the level of protection of the ecosystems of a representative portion of the Saguenay River and the St. Lawrence estuary for conservation purposes, while encouraging its use for educational, recreational and scientific purposes.
Covering approximately 1,245 km2, the marine park includes both the water column and the seabed up to the ordinary high water mark. It encompasses three major ecosystems: the Saguenay Fjord downstream from Cap à l’Est; the Upper Estuary, upstream to Gros Cap à l'Aigle; and the Lower Estuary, as far downstream as Pointe Rouge (Les Escoumins).
 Réseau d'observation de mammifères marins (ROMM)
ROMM is a non-profit organization whose main mission is the conservation and enhancement of the St. Lawrence’s cetaceans and seals, and of their habitats. Its main area of activity covers maritime Québec, with an increased presence in Gaspésie and the Lower-St. Lawrence.
Its mission is fulfilled through the creation of a multitude of projects in three main intervention sectors: knowledge acquisition on the St. Lawrence and its wildlife, marine resources management, as well as the education and awareness of actors from all levels.
 CPAWS Québec – Canadian parks and wilderness society, Québec chapter
CPAWS is a pan-Canadian non-profit organization present in Québec since 2001. Its focus is the protection of our natural heritage through the creation and the good management of protected areas. It achieves its goals through education and awareness, as well as cooperation with governments, First Nations, economic actors, and local communities. To this day, CPAWS has contributed to the protection of more than 450 000 km2 of Canada’s natural heritage.
CPAWS Québec has a particular interest in the marine environment and actively supports initiatives to create marine protected areas.
 Stratégies Saint-Laurent
Stratégies Saint-Laurent is a non-profit organization that gathers Priority Intervention Zone (ZIP) Committees of Québec. Its main mission is to promote, through innovative models, the participation of coastal communities in the protection, rehabilitation, and enhancement of the St. Lawrence.
Founded in 1989, Stratégies Saint-Laurent and the ZIP Committees are recognized since 1995 as privileged collaborators in Canada and Québec, under the Canada-Québec Agreement on the St. Lawrence River (St. Lawrence Plan).
 Comité ZIP des îles-de-la-Madeleine
The Comité ZIP (Zone d’Intervention Prioritaire) des Îles-de-la-Madeleine is part of a Québec network of 13 ZIP Committees located along the St. Lawrence.  Stemming from Environment Canada’s St. Lawrence Plan and from Québec’s ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment, Fauna, and Parks, these concerted organizations for the environment are headed by Stratégies Saint-Laurent.  The organization includes a Board of directors composed of individuals from twelve different sectors of activity, forming a privileged advisory board who defines the organization’s orientations.  The organization’s mission is to favor the implementation of local initiatives for the protection, conservation, restoration, and enhancement of the St. Lawrence, its tributaries and its Islands’ coast, by ensuring cooperation with the population and all contributors.
Its territory covers the whole Magdalen Islands, as well as the marine waters and seabed within a radius of approximately 100 km around the Islands.
 Comité ZIP Baie des Chaleurs
The mission of Comité ZIP Baie des Chaleurs is to ensure the conservation, restoration, and enhancement of the marine and coastal environment of southern Gaspésie.
Its territory extends in southern Gaspésie, from the estuary of the Restigouche River to the tip of Cape Gaspé in Forillon Park, approximately 350 kilometers of coastline, including Chaleur Bay, a body of water shared with New-Brunswick.
 Comité ZIP Côte-nord du golfe
The Comité ZIP Côte-Nord du golfe is a non-profit organization and is part of a network including 13 ZIP Committees through Québec. Founded in 1996, it was the 10th ZIP Committee to be formed in the province of Québec. Like all the other ZIP Committees, it’s an organization that brings together contributors from all sectors: firms, citizens, environmental groups, municipalities, and social groups. Its members have as common goals to protect and enhance the St. Lawrence, to raise the population’s awareness of environmental issues, and to encourage the implementation of concrete actions for the ecological rehabilitation of the River.
The territory of the North Shore of the Gulf ZIP Committee extends from the Calumet River, west of Port-Cartier, to Blanc-Sablon at the eastern tip of the Lower North Shore, including Anticosti Island and the many islands along the coast.
 Comité ZIP de la rive nord de l’estuaire
The mission of the Comité ZIP de la rive nord de l’estuaire is to promote and support actions aiming to protect and enhance the ecosystems bordering the St. Lawrence, the rehabilitation of disturbed environments, and to facilitate its north shore accessibility in a sustainable development perspective while respecting local communities.
The upstream boundary is the east bank of the mouth of the Saguenay, in Sacré-Coeur and Tadoussac, and its downstream boundary is located at Pointe-des-Monts, on the territory of the municipality of Baie-Trinité.
 Comité ZIP Saguenay
The main mission of the Comité ZIP Saguenay is to rehabilitate, clean up, save, and enhance the Saguenay River and its main tributaries. To do this, the organization relies on a constantly evolving Ecological Remedial Action Plan (ERAP).
The Saguenay Priority Intervention Zone (ZIP) stretches over approximately 100 kilometers of shoreline on each side of the Saguenay River, from the municipality of Bégin to Tadoussac on the north shore, and from the city of Saguenay to the municipality of Bay Ste. Catherine on the south shore.
 Comité ZIP du Sud-de-l'Estuaire
The mission of the Comité ZIP du Sud-de-l'Estuaire is to promote and support, through concerted regional actions, the protection, conservation, rehabilitation of the disturbed environments, and access to the St. Lawrence River in a sustainable development perspective.
The ZIP territory covers the southern bank of the Lower and Upper estuary. It extends from Berthier-sur-Mer to the Méchins, covering nearly 380 km of the south shore.