Mario Déraspe

Director

Alliance des pêcheurs professionnels du Québec (APPQ)

Association Description:
L’Association des pêcheurs propriétaires des Îles-de-la-Madeleine (APPIM) is a not-for-profit organization.  It received its license from the Government of Quebec in October of 1976, in accordance with part III, of the Companies Act.  The APPIM has been operating since 1975 and is the oldest organization of its kind in Quebec and among the most important in Canada. It’s fish harvester members fish for lobster, mackerel, herring, cod, scallop, common crab, some snow crab and whelk fishers, for an average landing value of 40 million dollars.

During the past 35 years of its existence, l’Association has played an essential role in the economy of the archipelago.  Over this time period, l’Association has gained permanence and its governing policies are in accordance with the professional and equity criteria held by the public service.
 
Title within the organization:
President
 
His experience:
I have been on the Board of Directors of  l’Association  des  pêcheurs  propriétaires des Îles-de-la-Madeleine (APPIM) since 1977 and took on the position of president in 1995.
 
Volunteerism:
Since 1995, I manage l’Alliance des pêcheurs professionnels du Québec.  I chair on the board of the Bureau d’accréditation des pêcheurs et aides-pêcheurs professionnels du Québec since its creation in 1997.   I also manage the Centre local de développement des Îles-de-la-Madeleine (local development center) as well as the MERINOV corporation, which is a research organization that brings together representatives of the Quebec marine industries, education institutions and of du ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation du Québec (Quebec’s Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food).
 
Short biography:
I greatly supported the establishment of the Plan conjoint de mise en marché des pêcheurs de homards des Îles-de-la-Madeleine (joint marketing plan of the lobster fishers of Îles-de-la-Madeleine), which promotes a fair exchange in the market price for lobster for both fishers and consumers at the wharf.
 
I also strongly supported the establishment of the first lobster sustainability plan in Canada in 1997-2003, concerning Îles-de-la-Madeleine lobster.