About

Comité ZIP du lac Saint-Pierre (ZIP LSP) has a mandate of conservation, rehabilitation and enhancement of Lac Saint-Pierre and its ecosystems in a sustainable development perspective. Since 1996, it has participated in 158 projects to improve the environment and raise users' awareness.

Ultimately, its primary purpose is consultation which is defined simply as "agreeing to act together." Thus, communities join to identify issues affecting the territory and solutions to address them. Therefore, priorities are set and the committee takes action.

Fisheries context

The Comité ZIP LSP team has been involved in fish surveys since 2000. The first results were collected to demonstrate the use of fish in the agricultural stream of Marais Noir located in the archipelago of Lac Saint-Pierre. This project is a collaboration of the regional county municipality of D'Autray, UPA Lanaudière, the ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec (MAPAQ), the Ministère de l'Environnement, and the Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs (MFFP) and farmers. The development of this river was carried out in 2004. Since then, ZIP LSP has completed over 18 fish habitat creation projects by building and protecting over 70 km2 around the Lac Saint-Pierre.

As its mission is the conservation, rehabilitation and development of the territory and ecosystems of Lac Saint-Pierre, ZIP LSP also conducts experimental fisheries to monitor, document and assess fish populations on its territory. Several types of projects are directly related to fish: the development of waterways, the monitoring of certain species, the characterization of waterways, educational projects like the "I adopt a river" program, the monitoring of fish at risk and the creation of fish farms.

Objectives

ZIP LSP conducts experimental fisheries to obtain data for:

  • Determining the composition of fish communities that are present in Lac Saint-Pierre and its tributaries;
  • Evaluating wildlife biodiversity before and after adjustments;
  • Establishing the quality level of habitats;
  • Monitoring certain fish populations.

The results of these surveys are then used as a basis in campaigns to:

  • Raise awareness of future generations about the importance of the fishery resource;
  • Restore and protect important habitats for aquatic wildlife.

Partners and Team

Comité ZIP du Lac Saint-Pierre is a non-profit organization. Its projects are carried out using funding from numerous partners providing financial or technical support. Collaborators include:

This data dissemination project was undertaken with the financial support of: