Land-Use and Integrated Management - Réserve faunique de Port‑Cartier–Sept‑Îles - Wildlife Reserves - Sépaq

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Réserve faunique de Port‑Cartier–Sept‑Îles

Partial opening

This establishment is partially open. Certain health and safety measures to combat COVID-19 (coronavirus) have been put in place to ensure the health and safety of staff and customers.

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Land-Use and Integrated Management

General presentation

Natural resource management on the territory of Réserve faunique de Port-Cartier-Sept-Îles is a responsibility of the government, more specifically of the Ministère de la Forêt, de la Faune et des Parcs (ministry of forests, wildlife, and parks, or MFFP) and the Ministère de l’Énergie et des ressources naturelles (ministry of energy and natural resources, or MERN). Given the specific nature of wildlife reserves, they were given a “multiple modulated" vocation under the government’s Plans d’affectation du territoire public régionaux (regional public land use plans, or RPLUP), a vocation defined as the “multipurpose use of land and resources, with procedures or rules adapted to specific environmental, landscape, cultural, social, or economic conditions” (our translation). In other words, the management and use of natural resources, including forests and wildlife, must be carried out in an integrated manner by the government, i.e. taking into account all resources on the territory as well as the legal vocation of conserving and showcasing the fauna of the wildlife reserve.

In this regard, the forest of Réserve faunique de Port-Cartier-Sept-Îles is exploited by designated holders of timber supply guarantees (DHTSG), i.e. forestry companies having a harvest agreement with the MFFP, based on forestry planning under the auspices of the MFFP since April 1, 2013. The Ministère is now in charge of developing tactical and operational integrated forest management plans (IFMP) at the scale of each management unit, taking into consideration, in particular, the allowable cut calculation carried out by the Chief Forester, work from local integrated resources tables and territory management tables (LIRTMT), the orientations and objectives pursued by the Government to the Regional Public Land Use Plans (PATP), the objectives of sustainable forest management as set out in the Law Sustainable Forest Management (LADTF), as well as the sustainable forest development objectives stipulated in the Sustainable Forest Development Act (SFDA). In the wake of this exercise, discussions are underway involving Sépaq, the MFFP, and representatives of forestry companies (DHTSG) aimed at integrating into forestry planning and interventions various measures or procedures designed to minimize conflicts of use and impacts on the wildlife and landscape, as well as on the environment in which recreational and wildlife-related activities are carried out in wildlife reserves.

In order to equip wildlife reserve managers in terms of integrated wildlife-forest-recreation forestry management and to guide the MFFP in harmonizing forestry planning for these unique territories so that the different types of forestry interventions are more predictable, better adapted, and more likely to help fulfil the particular vocation of wildlife reserves, Sépaq has carried out a number of so-called IRM (integrated resource management) projects.

Consult the list of completed projects (in French only)

Specific land-uses

Spawning grounds have been set up to increase the reproductive potential of the speckled trout. A few streams and rivers have undergone developments in cooperation with Fondation de la faune du Québec.

 

Specific Files

It would be possible to harvest over 200,000 speckled trout per year at Réserve faunique de Port-Cartier–Sept-Îles, but only 15% of them are currently fished. Thanks to quality habitats and the scarcity of competing fish species, the majority of the lakes only contain native speckled trout. The fishing conditions on this famous territory are excellent:

  • Daily catch and possession limit: 20
  • Average weight of trout captured: 180 grams (trout of 350 grams or over in several lakes)
  • Average harvest/day/angler: 8 or more (over 12 in many lakes)

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