Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

May 02, 2007 09:56 ET

DFO: Canada`s New Government Invests in Dredging Projects in the Gaspe Peninsula and Magdalen Islands, Quebec

MONT-JOLI, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - May 2, 2007) - Canada's New Government is investing $921,000 for annual maintenance dredging at eleven fishing harbours in the Gaspe Peninsula and Magdalen Islands regions of Quebec, Steven Blaney, Member of Parliament for Levis-Bellechasse, announced today on behalf of the Honourable Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans.

In the Gaspe Peninsula, $416,000 is being invested for maintenance dredging at the fishing harbours of L'Anse a Beaufils, L'Anse-a-Brillant, Les Mechins (quai des pecheurs), Port Daniel Est, Saint-Godefroi and Tourelles (St-Joachim).

In the Magdalen Islands, $505,000 is being invested for maintenance dredging at the fishing harbours of Grosse-Ile (Cap du Dauphin), Ile d'Entree, Millerand, Pointe-aux-Loups and Pointe-Basse.

"Harbours are key to the economic viability of Canadian fishing communities," said Mr Blaney. "This significant funding investment for the Gaspe Peninsula and the Magdalen Islands demonstrates our new government's commitment to providing safe and functional facilities for commercial fishers."

The dredging is necessary to ensure that vessels have adequate water depth in basins and channels. Fishers will be provided with safe navigational conditions during the upcoming fishing season.

Dredging began in early April and will continue over the following months. A work schedule will be provided to all Harbour Authorities so that they may inform the fishers of the planned dredging dates for each harbour.

All these projects are being undertaken by Fisheries and Oceans Canada's Small Craft Harbours Program, in close collaboration with the Harbour Authorities that manage and operate the facilities for local users. Such close co-operation with clients allows the federal government to provide an operable system of harbours and facilities throughout Canada, in support of commercial fishers.

Contact Information

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    Quebec Region
    Michel Plamondon