Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Quebec Region

Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Quebec Region

May 02, 2007 11:55 ET

Canada's New Government Continues to Invest to Modernize Labs at the Maurice Lamontagne Institute

MONT-JOLI, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - May 2, 2007) - Speaking on behalf of the Honourable Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Steven Blaney, Member of Parliament for Levis-Bellechasse, today announced a $2 million investment to modernize the analytical chemistry laboratories at the Maurice Lamontagne Institute (MLI) in Mont-Joli, Quebec. This investment will make the Institute a national centre of expertise in inorganic chemistry for Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

"This investment attests to the importance that Canada's New Government gives to applied scientific research, particularly in the area of fisheries science," said MP Blaney. "By centralizing our inorganic aquatic chemistry expertise and resources, we will better serve Canadians by improving our understanding of the movement and associated impacts of chemicals in Canada's aquatic environments."

The MLI's modernized laboratories will be up and running by March 2008. The facilities will be equipped with state-of-the-art instruments that will allow the team of chemistry experts to precisely detect and measure chemical elements, such as metals, and organic contaminants from the aquatic environment. The results and findings will help to support departmental priorities related to integrated aquatic ecosystem research.

The MLI is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. During his visit, MP Blaney unveiled the program of activities intended to mark the Institute's anniversary, which will include an open house event for the general public next October. He also underscored the major economic, scientific and social benefits that the Maurice Lamontagne Institute has generated for eastern Quebec since its inception.

The Institute is part of a network of research centres across Canada that are operated by Fisheries and Oceans Canada. It has a staff of nearly 400 and an annual budget of about $32 million. Through its scientific activities, the MLI helps to support DFO's three primary goals of providing safe and accessible waterways, healthy and productive ecosystems and sustainable fisheries and aquaculture.

Contact Information

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    Karina Laberge
    Regional Communications Branch
    418-775-0769