Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

July 16, 2007 10:20 ET

Canada's New Government Announces Federal Investment at Lockeport Harbour in Nova Scotia

LOCKEPORT, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - July 16, 2007) - Canada's New Government will provide funding for an improvement project at Lockeport harbour in southern Nova Scotia. Gerald Keddy, Member of Parliament for South Shore -- St. Margaret's, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans.

"Fishing harbours are an essential part of the life and the economy of south shore Nova Scotia," said Mr. Keddy. "These harbours must have the capacity, working conditions and facilities our fishers need."

Lockeport harbour will be the site of a new wharf repair project this year while, at Clark's Harbour, Newellton and West Head, work continues on large, multi-year projects as previously announced. Wharf construction at Port La Tour will be completed this year.

All together, project work at these five harbours will bring $4.1 million in federal funding to the area.

These projects will be implemented by Fisheries and Oceans Canada, as part of its Small Craft Harbours Program, in cooperation with the harbour authorities that manage and operate the facilities for local users. This 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.


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DETAILS OF PROJECTS AT FIVE FISHING HARBOURS IN NOVA SCOTIA

After nearly fifty years of service, the condition of the North Fishermen's wharf at Lockeport harbour has deteriorated. A recent underwater inspection of the wharf found damage to 30 bearing piles, largely due to ice and vessel movement caused by an undertow in this section of the harbour. The project will involve removing the wharf deck, replacing the damaged bearing piles, pouring a new concrete deck and installing close face pilings along the entire south side of the wharf. When completed, the project will help ensure safer and more efficient harbour operations.

Work also continues this year on large, multi-year projects as previously announced. At Clark's Harbour efforts will focus on rebuilding part of the Kenney wharf while work at Newellton involves completion of the rubblemound breakwater. Dredging is planned for West Head this season. Other project work to be completed this year includes marginal wharf construction and electrical services at Port La Tour.

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