Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

May 27, 2005 09:00 ET

DFO: Byrne Announces a $2.7 Million Federal Investment in Small Craft Harbours in Newfoundland and Labrador

CORNER BROOK, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(CCNMatthews - May 27, 2005) - Gerry Byrne, Member of Parliament for Humber - St. Barbe - Baie-Verte, announced today, on behalf of Geoff Regan, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, that the federal government is funding approximately $2.7 million in harbour improvement projects in Newfoundland and Labrador.

"The men and women of our province who make their living fishing must be able rely on their community harbours," said Mr. Byrne. "This essential infrastructure must be accessible and safe."

Fleur de Lys - The wharf near the community stage does not have adequate facilities to accommodate the increased vessel traffic and congestion experienced during the fishing season. This two-year project will increase the length of the finger pier adjacent to the community stage to provide additional berthage for larger longliners.

La Scie - The outside of the finger pier at this site is not currently useable for berthage in most weather conditions. Planning, environmental and design work will commence this year on a project to construct a new breakwater which will protect the finger pier, allowing vessels to safely use the outside of it for tie-up. Actual construction work will be undertaken next year.

Pacquet - Severe structural deterioration in the slipway is resulting in unsafe conditions for fishers during vessel launching operations. This project will see the reconstruction and widening of the toe of the slipway with treated timber cribwork and decking. The project is expected to be completed by early fall this year.

Triton - A four-year major capital project to construct new harbour facilities is in the design stage with construction expected to begin in 2006. The proposal is to construct an ell-shaped breakwater wharf and upland storage area with provision for a future floating dock development. The new facilities will augment the limited wharf space now available to area fishers.

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 local users. Such 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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    Robert Fagan
    Communications Officer
    (709) 772-7627