Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

April 29, 2008 10:00 ET

Government of Canada Dredging Projects Help Fish Harvesters on Prince Edward Island's North Shore

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 29, 2008) - Three dredging projects will begin immediately to provide fish harvesters on the North Shore of Prince Edward Island with improved navigation and safe access to the lobster fishery opening May 1. The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans.

"The spring lobster fishery is valuable and important to coastal communities on the North Shore and to the PEI economy," said Minister MacKay. "That is why we're moving quickly to dredge at these locations so that fish harvesters can safely move in and out of the harbours."

Harbour channels have infilled with sand over the winter, making navigation treacherous. Emergency dredging of the entrance channels at Tracadie and Covehead in Queens County will begin immediately. Work to ensure fish harvesters at Malpeque in Prince County can navigate safely will begin as soon as ice and weather conditions allow. The Government of Canada is investing $330,000 in the dredging projects, and all are expected to be complete by May 1.

These projects will be implemented by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans as part of its Small Craft Harbours Program in cooperation with the Harbour Authorities that manage and operate the facilities for local users. Close cooperation with clients allows the federal government to continue to provide an operable system of harbours and facilities throughout Canada in support of commercial fish harvesters.

The Government of Canada understands the importance of small craft harbours to communities across the country. Since February 2006, the permanent annual funding for the Small Craft Harbours Program has been increased by $20 million, with a further $10 million commitment made in Budget 2008 over two years for repairs and environmental cleanup at recreational and non-core fishing harbours to permit the transfer of these harbours to interested parties.

Contact Information

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    Frederic Butruille
    Communications Manager
    Moncton, New Brunswick