BIOREX coordinates for
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
At-sea Fisheries Observer Programs in the
Gulf of St. Lawrence.
At-sea fisheries observers collect on board Canadian and foreign vessels information
on commercial, exploratory, experimental and scientific fisheries.
Most trips at sea are made in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and last less
than 24 hours. Longer trips are also
made on Canadian factory-trawlers and
foreign vessels in the Atlantic Ocean.
Observers are based near major fishing ports and travel to remote
areas for deployments that may last
Observers are briefed on their specific tasks before each
deployment. They transmit various types
of information during deployments and
deliver a comprehensive report on their
work and observations at the end of each
Observers based in the Gulf of St. Lawrence work intensively from
April to July and on a continuous but
less intensive basis from August to
November. During winter some of them are
deployed for long trips on the Atlantic.
Working conditions are set in union agreements between BIOREX and
the Seafarer' International Union of