2015 Winner

Mr. Mario Déraspe

The Standing Committee on Quebec Fishing Vessel Safety would like to acknowledge the remarkable work of Mr. Mario Déraspe as a spokesperson for fishermen in the Îles-de-la-Madeleine. Through his actions and commitment to safeguarding the interests of professionalfishermen in various forums and committees, he has helped promote and develop a safety culture within the fishing industry.

Robert Fecteau, Mario Déraspe and Michel Castonguay

Through his good practices as a lobster fisherman and his work as President of the Association des pêcheurs propriétaires des Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Mr. Déraspe encourages other fishermen in his community and throughout Quebec to comply with regulations and raises awareness about the importance of responsible behaviours in improving safety at sea.

His active participation in the research program designed to identify the risks of falling overboard lobster boats and to explore possible solutions to help prevent this type of accident, as well as his continued support of the recognition and promotion of professionalization of the trades of fisherman and fisherman's helper, are just a few examples of how much his leadership has contributed to the establishment of effective collaboration between various parties based on mutual understanding and respect.