Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

March 08, 2007 09:16 ET

DFO: Canada's New Government Invests $6 Million in Four Nova Scotia Fishing Harbours

TONEY RIVER, NOVA SCOTIA--(CCNMatthews - March 8, 2007) - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Member of Parliament for Central Nova, on behalf of the Honourable Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, today announced that Canada's New Government will invest $6 million in four Nova Scotia fishing harbours.

"This funding represents a considerable federal investment in Nova Scotia," said Minister MacKay. "Canada's New Government knows that fishers must have safe and efficient harbour facilities to support their important contribution to their community and province."

Major harbour improvement projects are actively underway at Pictou Island, Baileys Brook and Toney River, while dredging nears completion at East Chezzetcook. The work will help ensure these important harbours will be in good operating condition for their communities for years to come.

This $6 million investment, combined with projects recently announced by Canada's New Government, brings the investment for Small Craft Harbours in Nova Scotia this year to $23.8 million.

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.



Major harbour improvement projects are actively under way at Pictou Island, Baileys Brook and Toney River while dredging nears completion at East Chezzetcook. The work will help ensure these important harbours are in good operating condition for years to come.

The commercial fishery provides employment and is the basis for a sustainable community on Pictou Island. The harbour is essential not only to the fishery but also to island residents, who are dependent upon supplies shipped by water. Currently, the breakwater wharf is severely deteriorated and has been barricaded for safety reasons. Another concern at the main harbour is the inadequate water depth which seriously limits use of the wharf and harbour basin. The project involves demolishing the existing breakwater wharf at the main harbour, constructing a new one and dredging to expand the capacity of the harbour basin.

After more than 50 years of use, the breakwater wharf at Baileys Brook is seriously deteriorated and at the end of its service life. Work on the outer end of the breakwater wharf consists of the removal of the existing concrete deck, installation of timber and steel piles with reinforced concrete pile caps and installation of a new deck. Reconstruction of the inner section of the breakwater wharf consists of the installation of a reinforced concrete cope wall and deck. When fully completed, the project will provide a safer, more functional harbour. As an added benefit, the work will also reduce infill accumulation in the entrance channel and help keep dredging costs to a minimum.

Toney River is the site of another major project to reconstruct the harbour entrance. Work is progressing very well on reconstructing and upgrading the existing, deteriorated west entrance breakwater; constructing a new breakwater on the east side of the harbour entrance; removing 75 metres of unsafe, barricaded wharf and dredging of the basin and entrance channel. The improvements will decrease the amount of annual dredging; provide a safer entrance and increased manoeuvrability for fishing vessels; and provide protection to the wharf facilities from winter storm damage. Project work will be completed in plenty of time for the spring fishery.

Over the last several years, tons of sand have gradually filled the entrance channel at East Chezzetcook. Fishing vessels are having difficulty negotiating the entrance channel, particularly at low tide. Dredging nears completion to remove about 3,000 cubic metres of sand and provide fishers with safe passage through the entrance channel.

Contact Information

  • Pictou Island, Baileys Brook and Toney River
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Moncton, New Brunswick
    Corporate Services
    Frederic Butruille
    Communications Manager
    East Chezzetcook
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
    Communications Branch