Maurice Lamontagne Institute

Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Mont-Joli, Québec
What the facility does

Ocean resources and aquatic ecosystems sustainable use and conservation; ocean protection; safe navigation

Areas of expertise

The Maurice Lamontagne Institute covers an area of 25,000 square metres and has over 70 labs for research in biology, oceanography, hydroacoustics, physical sea condition modelling, and biochemical and ecosystemic modelling. It also has a genetic testing lab, a dissection room and rooms for hydrography and mapping work.

The tank room is a specialized wet lab measuring more than 2,000 square metres that can hold tanks of varying sizes as well as high-tech equipment. Salt water comes directly from the St. Lawrence. This lab conducts experimental studies on the reproduction, physiology and behaviour of marine species and ecosystems.

Research services

Biology, oceanography, hydroacoustics, physical sea condition modelling, and biochemical and ecosystemic modelling

Sectors of application
  • Environmental technologies and related services
  • Fisheries and aquaculture
  • Ocean industries


Viking Ocean Buoy

Scientific buoy equipped with optical, oceanographic and meteorological sensors to help validate and interpret satellite data and follow oceanographic conditions in real time

Coastal Ocean Water Level Information System (COWLIS)

Operational system for observation and forecast of water levels that covers the whole St. Lawrence Seaway from Montréal to Cap-aux-Meules. This network supports data acquisition, validation, management and dissemination by modern means of communication.

Autonomous hydrographic catamaran

A 2.5-metre autonomous surface hydrographic vehicle with the ability to navigate alone, in waters near the coast, and to carry out surveys without a person on board

EM2040D Multibeam echosounder

Wide band high resolution multibeam echo sounder

Inertial motion sensor Applanix POSMV 320M

System providing accurate position, heading, attitude, heave, and velocity data of marine vessel and remote sensing equipment

  • Université du Québec à Rimouski/Institut des Sciences de la Mer (UQAR/ISMER)
  • Ressources Aquatique Québec (RAQ)
  • Québec-Océan
  • Université Laval
  • Réseau Québec Maritime (RQM)
  • Interdisciplinary Centre for the Development of Ocean Mapping (CIDCO)
  • St. Lawrence Global Observatory (SLGO)


Maurice-Lamontagne Institute