Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Quebec Region

Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Quebec Region

March 13, 2009 15:19 ET

DFO/Notice of Public Interest: Spring Icebreaking on Lake St-Louis

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - March 13, 2009) - The Canadian Coast Guard would like to notify local residents and all those using the shores of Lake St. Louis that it intends to begin spring icebreaking operations at the entrance of the St. Lawrence Seaway, on the north and south shores of the Lake and in Bay Des Cascades on or about Sunday, March 15, 2009.

The purpose of this yearly operation is to dislodge the ice at the mouth of the river's tributaries in order to prevent ice jams and flooding that may result from the spring break-up. The operation will be carried out by the icebreaker CCGS Martha L. Black and by a Canadian Coast Guard hovercraft.

The Canadian Coast Guard strongly recommends that pedestrians, fishers and snowmobilers leave the ice when they see the icebreaker in the vicinity. The ice may move and this may create a real danger for anyone in the area of the Canadian Coast Guard units.

CCGS Martha L. Black has a red hull with a transverse white band and a white funnel bearing a maple leaf. A hovercraft is an air cushion vehicle whose engines produce a noise similar to an aircraft.

Contact Information

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Quebec Region
    Nathalie Letendre
    Communications Advisor