Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

April 23, 2010 09:39 ET

Senator Manning Announces Investment in Fishing Harbours Across Newfoundland and Labrador

BAY BULLS, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(Marketwire - April 23, 2010) - Senator Fabian Manning, on behalf of the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, today announced that the Government of Canada will invest $20.3 million for repair and improvement projects at small craft harbours in communities throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.

"The commercial fishers of Newfoundland and Labrador depend on a safe and accessible system of small craft harbours to make a living," said Senator Manning. "Our government's investments in these harbours are vital to the economy and livelihood of coastal communities and this investment will enable commercial fish harvesters to rely on that system for years to come."

Across Canada, the Small Craft Harbours Program is investing $67 million to revitalize small craft harbours and support the livelihood of those Canadians who depend on them. Safety and operational efficiency at harbours across the country will be improved through a variety of projects including dredging, wharf repairs, electrical system updates, and general maintenance. 

Today's investment is in addition to the funding provided by Canada's Economic Action Plan, which provides $200 million for two years for harbour repairs and maintenance projects. These projects were announced in 2009, and work will continue until March 2011.

Small craft harbour repair and improvement projects are undertaken by Fisheries and Oceans Canada, as part of its Small Craft Harbours Program, in cooperation with the local harbour authorities that manage and operate facilities for local users. Close cooperation between the department and harbour authorities allows the federal government to continue to provide an operable system of harbours and facilities throughout Canada in support of the commercial fishing industry.

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Contact Information

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    Newfoundland-Labrador Region
    Sam Whiffen
    709-772-7631
    or
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    Office of the Minister
    Nancy Bishay
    Press Secretary
    613-992-3474