Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

May 15, 2006 13:33 ET

DFO: Lawrence Cannon Announces Federal Investment for Dredging Projects in the Gaspe Peninsula and Magdalen Islands, Quebec

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - May 15, 2006) - The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and Member of Parliament for Pontiac, announced today on behalf of the Honourable Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, a federal investment of $731,000 for annual maintenance dredging at eight fishing harbours in the Gaspe Peninsula and Magdalen Islands, Quebec.

In the Gaspe Peninsula, $275,000 will be invested for maintenance dredging at the fishing harbours of L'Anse-a-Beaufils, Gascons (Ruisseau Chapados), Ste-Therese-de-Gaspe, and Saint-Godefroi.

In the Magdalen Islands, $456,000 will be invested for maintenance dredging at the fishing harbours of Grosse-Ile (Cap du Dauphin), Ile d'Entree, Millerand, and Pointe-Basse.

"Fishers of these important harbours in the Gaspe Peninsula and the Magdalen Islands will certainly benefit from this federal funding," said Minister Cannon. "Safe and efficient harbours are necessary to support our fishers and their success in the commercial fishery."

The dredging is necessary to ensure that vessels have adequate water depth in basins and channels. Fishers will be provided with safe navigational conditions during the upcoming fishing season.

Dredging began in April and will continue over the following months. A work schedule is being provided to all Harbour Authorities so that they may inform the fishers of the planned dredging dates for each harbour.

All these projects are being undertaken by Fisheries and Oceans Canada's Small Craft Harbours Program, in close collaboration with the Harbour Authorities that manage and operate the facilities for local users. Such close co-operation with clients allows the federal government to provide an operable system of harbours and facilities throughout Canada, in support of commercial fishers.

Contact Information

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Quebec Region
    Michel Plamondon
    Communications Advisor
    (418) 648-5419