Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

September 05, 2007 10:15 ET

Canada's New Government Invests $5 Million in Small Craft Harbour Improvements on the Avalon Peninsula of Newfoundland and Labrador

OLD PERLICAN, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(Marketwire - Sept. 5, 2007) - Fabian Manning, Member of Parliament for Avalon, today announced on behalf of the Honourable Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, that Canada's New Government will invest $5 million to repair and improve a number of small craft harbours in Newfoundland and Labrador.

"These harbour developments and repair projects are vital to our communities on the Avalon Peninsula," said MP Manning. "The Avalon Peninsula has a long and proud history of bringing seafood to the world's tables and making our economy tick. Fish Harvesters in coastal communities here look to the federal government for this kind of investment in safe and well-maintained harbours, and we are committed to providing that support."

Today's announcement will benefit seven harbours including Southern Harbour, Harbour Grace, Holyrood, Jerseyside, Long Cove, Old Perlican and St. Bride's. Also, projects will be completed this year at the harbours of Bay de Verde, Foxtrap and Arnold's Cove.

With the recent announcement of $2.5 million in the southern shore communities of Trepassey, Portugal Cove South, Fermeuse and Renews, this brings the total investment by the federal government at small craft harbours in the riding of Avalon this year to $7.5 million.

These projects will be implemented by Fisheries and Oceans Canada, as part of its Small Craft Harbours Program, in co-operation with the local harbour authorities that manage and operate the facilities for the benefit of local users. Such close co-operation with clients allows the federal government to continue to provide an operable system of harbours and facilities throughout Canada in support of commercial fishers.

Details of these projects can be found in the attached backgrounder.

BACKGROUNDER

DETAILS OF PROJECTS AT HARBOURS ON THE AVALON PENINSULA OF NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR

Southern Harbour - Harbour development consisting of armourstone breakwater construction, wharf construction, and upland property development will be proceeding at this large and busy fishing harbour. This multi-year project will provide much needed berthage capacity for the fishing. Upon completion, an old deteriorated wharf within the harbour will be removed.

Harbour Grace - A project to extend electrical service to a recently constructed finger pier wharf will occur at this harbour. Project completion is expected this year.

Holyrood - The wharf facilities at North Arm are no longer safe for Fish Harvesters to use and require reconstruction. A multi-year wharf reconstruction project will begin this year with completion scheduled for 2008.

Jerseyside - The marginal wharf has deteriorated over time and now requires major maintenance. A project to repair the wharf will be completed in 2007.

Long Cove - The approach channel has experienced infilling which poses a safety concern for vessels that frequent this harbour. To ensure safe access for harbour users, a project to redredge the main channel will take place this year.

Old Perlican - This harbour requires upgrading to accommodate an increase in large vessel activity. A basin dredging project will be undertaken to ensure safe access within the harbour for these vessels. Once the dredging has been completed, a wharf construction project will commence to provide the additional berthage required.

St. Bride's - A harbour development project consisting of basin dredging and wharf construction will commence in 2007.

Also, other important ongoing projects will be completed this year including wharf construction at Bay De Verde, an electrical system upgrade at Foxtrap and a wharf repair project at Arnold's Cove.

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Contact Information

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
    Susan Keough
    Communications Officer
    709-772-7628