The common whelk (Buccinum undatum) has been commercially fished in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence and its estuary since 1984. Some zones, however, are rarely exploited, such as Zone 9, which covers the north of Anticosti Island. To get a better understanding of the potential of commercial whelk fishing in the area, an exploratory fishing project was proposed by AMIK and Pêcheries Shipek, in collaboration with Fisheries and Oceans Canada. The main objectives were to:

  • Perform a biomass assessment of whelk in Zone 9
  • Evaluate the demographic structure of the whelk population in the area
  • Learn which species could be impacted by walk fishing in the zone


Financial Partners: Ministère des Finances, Ministère de l’Économie, de la Science et de l’Innovation, Pêcheries Shipek
Partners: Institut océanographique Maurice-Lamontagne, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Project Mananger: Soazig Le Breton

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