Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

July 06, 2007 10:25 ET

Canada's New Government Invests $6.2 Million in Small Craft Harbours for Central and Northeastern Newfoundland and Labrador

GANDER, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(Marketwire - July 6, 2007) - The Honourable Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, today announced $5.1 million in federal funding to start repair projects at nine fishing harbours along Newfoundland and Labrador's central and northeast coasts, and $1.1 million to complete projects that are already underway at three other harbours.

"Having harbours in these communities that are in good shape and easily accessible is absolutely fundamental to a successful fishery," Minister Hearn said in Gander today. "One focus of Canada's New Government is to invest in infrastructure that is meaningful for local communities and their economies. These harbour improvement projects will help these communities and reinforce the local economy."

Repair and dredging work announced today will start at Nippers Harbour, Comfort Cove, Valleyfield, Salvage, Triton West, Bridgeport, Twillingate, Fogo and Musgrave Harbour.

In addition, the work that was previously announced in 2006 at three other harbours will be completed this year. The wharf reconstruction project at Robert's Arm will be completed as will the rubble mound breakwater construction project at Cape Freels North and the slipway reconstruction project at Moreton's Harbour.

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



Nippers Harbour - Storm surges pose a safety risk for vessels berthed at this harbour. A project to reinforce and protect one of the timber crib breakwaters with armourstone will be carried out this year.

Comfort Cove - In order to maintain safe access for vessels using this harbour, channel re-dredging will be completed in 2007.

Valleyfield - This project entails upgrading and expanding the electrical system to accommodate a recently completed wharf extension. Work will be completed by year end.

Salvage - A wharf extension project was recently completed at this harbour. A project to upgrade and extend the electrical system to include the new extension is expected to be completed by year end.

Triton West - With planning and engineering completed in 2006, a multi-year wharf construction project is now ready to commence this year. This project will accommodate the large number of vessels using this harbour, providing them with safe berthage.

Bridgeport - To alleviate an overcrowding issue at this harbour, a wharf construction project will commence this year with completion expected in 2008.

Twillingate - With the dredging phase having been completed in 2006, this year the outside finger pier will be widened and extended to accommodate larger vessels and alleviate congestion at this harbour.

Fogo - A multi-year basin dredging and wharf construction project will occur at this harbour to alleviate overcrowding at peak seasons and to better accommodate the larger vessels. This year, the harbour basin will be dredged which will be followed by the wharf construction.

Musgrave Harbour - To increase the level of storm protection for vessels using this harbour, an armourstone breakwater reconstruction project will take place this year. Once the breakwater work is complete, the construction of a marginal wharf and repairs to the finger pier will also be done. Work is expected to be completed by 2009.

Contact Information

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