Living collection

Our collections

The permanent historical collection brings together artefacts and archives related to the history of the territory of the Saguenay Fjord and Baie des Ha! Ha!.

The living collection bring together specimens from the Fjord Aquarium, the touch pool and the Vivarium. The aquarium and the touch pool allow us to present and showcase the aquatic fauna of the Saguenay Fjord, while the Vivarium highlights amphibians, reptiles, insects and arthropods from Quebec as well as exotic species.

The third component is the collection for the used by our educational program (called the educational collection),  and made up of objects, naturalized specimens, fossils, reproductions and works from the permanent collection considered to be of tertiary value and that have been removed from the permanent historical collection.

Living collection

Fish and crustaceans from the Saguenay fjord

The Saguenay Fjord is a vibrant and complex ecosystem. We can see

two very distinct bodies of water. The first, which is mildly salty, is found at the surface, fed by fresh river water that spills into the Fjord. The second is a very cold and deep layer of water with an especially high level of salinity. The tidal power causes the oxygen- and plankton-rich waters of the Saint-Lawrence to cross the threshold and enter the mouth of the Fjord, making it an ideal place for a number of fish species to live.

A fjord is a valley that is formed after one or more passing glaciers have carved it out, giving it it's glacial trough form. It’s a U-shaped valley with steep and imposing rock walls. Fjords communicate with the sea and typically get freshwater from upstream rivers.

Catch-and-release fishing

Any fish caught that cannot be kept must be returned immediately to the water from where it was taken. If it is still alive, avoid taking it out of the water and loosen the hook gently, so as to hurt the fish as little as possible.

  • Keep the fish in the water while handling it. The longer the fish is exposed to air, the less likely it is to survive.

  • Avoid touching its gills and eyes. Any injury, even a minor one, can result in its death.

  • Carefully remove the hook and cut it off if it’s in too deep. Gently remove the hook using long-nose pliers. If the hook is in too deep, cut the gangion close to the eye of the hook. It’s better to leave a hook in the fish than to try to remove it.

  • If it's a really big catch, your best bet is to cut the line.

  • Handle the fish carefully, minimizing the time it's out of water, and avoid removing the mucus layer, which protects fish from infection. If you need to handle the fish out of water, preferably use bare, wet hands.