This is the week that we went on our field trip across the southern coast of Newfoundland. Our job was to recruit observers for our Marine Species at Risk program to get a better knowledge of some of the endangered sharks, sea turtles, and whales around these areas. We visited many different fishing villages along the southern Newfoundland coast. Harbour Breton was one of these areas which is on Connaigre Peninsula. We were able to recruit some observers from this area and some of these fishermen have amazing stories about what they see. The fishermen were very friendly to talk to and were eager to share their information with us.
Our next stop was on the Burin Peninsula where we visited such villages as Grand Banks, Fortune, Garnish, and St. Lawrence. We were able to recruit observers from these areas as well. We also visited St. Pierre and Miquelon which is an island off the south coast of Newfoundland that is owned by France. It was a whole different culture there with different rules and regulations when it came to the fishing industry. We were lucky enough to talk to a group of people from St. Pierre that are involved in programs involving marine species at risk. They have a group called SPM Fragile and they work with marine species and sea birds. It was a very interesting meeting and it was agreed that QLF and SPM Fragile would work together in the future. We also recruited some observers from this area as well. On our way back from St. Pierre white beaked dolphins jumped up along side of our boat, it was a nice end to a great week. The picture I have this week is me and another intern I'm working with Phoebe Howe from Brooks School in St. Pierre outside a restaurant.