Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

November 08, 2007 11:49 ET

MP Gerald Keddy Announces Harbour Improvements on Nova Scotia's South Shore

BRIDGEWATER, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 8, 2007) - Fish harvesters at two Shelburne County harbours will benefit from safer working conditions and improved wharf facilities when the fall fishery opens, thanks to investments announced today by the Government of Canada.

Gerald Keddy, Member of Parliament for South Shore - St. Margaret's, announced on behalf of the Honourable Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, that the federal government will provide $47,200 for projects at Lower Sandy Point and Cripple Creek. Work at both harbours will start as soon as possible.

"I'm pleased that we're able to provide this support for fish harvesters," said Mr. Keddy. "These investments will help provide safer, more efficient harbours in time for the opening of the fall fishing season."

At Lower Sandy Point, the existing wooden slipway will be removed and a concrete slab ground-out bed will be installed, allowing fish harvesters safe access to carry out minor repairs and maintenance to their vessels. The ground-out bed may also be used to launch vessels.

Repairs to the main wharf at Cripple Creek include replacement of three fenders, two ladders, ladder hold-fasts, and a section of wheelguard. In addition, two floating fenders will be installed to help protect vessels and the wharf from damage.

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 which 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 fishers.

Contact Information

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
    Communications Branch