Maintain and promote sustainable navigation

Sustainable commercial and recreational navigation is essential for preserving the integrity of ecosystems. Consultation of various stakeholders by creating structures to promote exchange and discussion, as well as the publication of awareness tools for users are opportunities to prioritize.

Learn more about our projects that stem from this orientation and consult the Sustainable Navigation Strategy.

Create and participate actively in forums for consensus-building in relation to navigation

The aim of this project is to support the participants and collaborators in the St. Lawrence Action Plan in creating and participating actively in consensus-building forums dealing with the harmonization of navigation guidelines, policies, programs and practices.

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Maintain the navigation and dredging coordination committees as part of integrated management of the St. Lawrence

This project targets ongoing collaboration with organizations in marine transport, recreational boating and civil society in the areas of navigation and dredging.

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Develop an information guide on maritime transport

The goal of this project is to develop an information document for general public use that addresses the socioeconomic and environmental aspects of maritime transport.

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Broaden the scope of the Dredging Activity Planning Registry

The purpose of the Dredging Activity Planning Registry is to facilitate the sharing of information between parties carrying out dredging activities and consultants, government authorities, nongovernmental organizations concerned with the environment and the general public. The registry will be expanded to include an interactive decision flow chart and downloadable best practices guides and reference documents. The objective of enhancing the existing registry is to create a one-stop shop where users can find comprehensive information about integrated dredging management.

Read the backgrounder for this project. Read also the Ecological Risk Assessment of Open-Water Sediment Disposal to Support the Management of Freshwater Dredging Projects guide.

Describing how fish use the shipping channel

The various dredging operations carried out in the shipping channel have increased its biodiversity. It is therefore important to better understand the relationship between the channel and the species that use it. The aim of this project is to continue the studies initiated under the auspices of the St. Lawrence Plan 2005-2010 to model the physical variables of the fish habitats in the St. Lawrence shipping channel and design a hatchling transport model.

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Continue monitoring vessel speeds

Bank erosion is a complex phenomenon caused by multiple factors, some of them natural, such as ice movement, currents, storm freshets, snow melt and ice jams in addition to tides. Causes of human origin, meanwhile, include wakes, or the waves generated by ships. Voluntary speed reduction measures were implemented in 2000 to reduce the impact of wakes on bank erosion. This project targets the ongoing monitoring of vessel speeds in the river sections subject to these measures.

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