Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

May 27, 2005 09:00 ET

DFO: Byrne Announces a $6.1 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 the Geoff Regan, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, that the federal government is funding approximately $6.1 million in harbour improvement projects in Newfoundland and Labrador.

"The federal government is committed to keeping essential fishing harbours open and in good repair," said Mr. Byrne. "Harbour infrastructure is important to the communities and industries of Newfoundland and Labrador and they must be properly maintained to support the local economy."

Anchor Point - This two-year project will repair and upgrade the
wharf on the south side of the harbour. Voids in the substructure,
where fill has been washed out by sea action, will be re-filled to
stabilize the structure and the wharf will be extended to provide
additional berthage and service area for users.

Cook's Harbour - Planning and design are underway for a three-year
major capital project to reconstruct and extend the breakwater wharf
which has deteriorated with age and use. Repairs to the wharf
approach started last year will be completed and new work will be
undertaken to repair and improve the upland area by placing and
leveling fill in the area behind the marginal wharf. In addition,
improvements to the lighting services will provide additional safety
for fishers.

Cow Head - While facilities in and around this harbour are generally
in good condition, water depths need to be improved for safe usage of
the site and various operational services need repair. The basin and
channel will be dredged to provide safe access for fishing vessels.
Additionally, there will be repairs made to the upland area and
repairs and improvements made to the lighting and electrical services
around the site.

Eddies Cove West - Wave action is causing an unacceptable flow
underneath the wharf resulting in severe agitation to vessels berthed
along the inside and damage to some vessels. This project will fill
the visible voids between the wharf and the harbour bottom and place
armour stone along the outside of the structure. When completed, the
small open boats using this facility will have greater protection for
off-loading and berthing.

Port Saunders - A three-year capital project to construct a new
breakwater wharf on the seaward side of the existing marginal wharf
is in the design stage with construction expected to begin in 2006.
When completed, the new facility will augment the limited wharf space
now available to area fishers, giving them a more protected site to
land their product and berth their vessels. A second project this
year will upgrade the new access to the harbour by further grading
and paving the new road and providing an adequate parking area for
harbour users by infilling the tidal area behind the road.

Reef's Harbour - The breakwater wharf in this harbour has reached the
end of its useful life and is currently barricaded from vehicle
traffic. A two-year project will involve demolishing the existing
unsafe structure and reconstructing the facility so the harbour can
continue to serve the needs of area fishers.

Trout River - A launching ramp will be installed for easy entry and
removal of vessels. In addition, the upland area will be repaired
and improved for use by vehicular traffic during the fishing season
and for boat storage in the off-season.

Repair and reconstruction works started last year at Green Island Brook, River of Ponds, and Straitsview (Spillars Cove) will be completed this year.

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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Contact Information

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada, St. John's, NL
    Robert Fagan
    Communications Officer
    (709) 772-7627