Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

May 12, 2005 14:00 ET

DFO: Scott Announces Federal Investment of $1.9 Million in Four New Brunswick Fishing Harbours

FREDERICTON, NEW BRUNSWICK--(CCNMatthews - May 12, 2005) - Andy Scott, Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs and Member of Parliament for Fredericton, announced today on behalf of Geoff Regan, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, that the Government of Canada is investing $1.9 million for improvements at four fishing harbours in New Brunswick.

"This federal funding will make a real difference to the many New Brunswickers who rely on the commercial fishery for a livelihood," said Minister Scott. "Safe, efficient harbour facilities are a necessity for success in today's competitive world."

The main wharf at Petit-Rocher has been damaged by a series of storms over the last several years. In a recent storm, waves overtopped the wharf raising serious concerns about the safety of vessels and equipment. Damage to the wharf face and deck will be repaired. Further work will involve the placement of additional armourstone along the outside face of the wharf to protect the structure from future storm damage. Work is scheduled to begin in late summer and be completed by the end of March 2006.

The outer end of the main wharf at Sainte-Marie-sur-Mer has deteriorated with years of use and is in poor condition. Starting this fall, the end of the wharf will be reconstructed and a 90-metre section topped with a new concrete deck. Work is expected to be completed by summer of 2006.

Other work in the area this season includes engineering studies of a wharf structure at Caraquet to assess its condition and develop plans for repair. Actual repair work is scheduled to take place next year.

Shippagan will be the site of preliminary planning and engineering work this year to assess structure condition and identify possible future needs.

These projects will be funded by Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Small Craft Harbours budget. They will be implemented in cooperation with the Harbour Authorities, which manage and operate the facilities for local users. Such close cooperation with clients allows the Government of Canada to continue to provide an operable system of harbours and facilities throughout Canada in support of commercial fishers.

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  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Moncton, New Brunswick
    Frederic Butruille
    Communications Manager
    (506) 851-7218