Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

May 31, 2005 15:01 ET

DFO: Jean-C. Lapierre Announces a Federal Investment of $700,000 for Harbour Projects on the North Shore of the St. Lawrence River

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - May 31, 2005) - Jean-C. Lapierre, Minister of Transport and Political Lieutenant for Quebec, today announced, on behalf of Geoff Regan, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, a federal investment of $700,000 for repairs to fishing harbours on the North Shore of the St. Lawrence River.

"Fishers need working facilities that are in good condition," Minister Lapierre said. "These repairs are essential in order to guarantee the safe operation of these harbours on the North Shore of the St. Lawrence."

Lower North Shore

At Blanc Sablon, wooden fenders and cylindrical rubber protectors will be installed along the southern side of the large fishing wharf to ensure safe mooring for vessels while protecting he infrastructure. Also, a study will be launched to identify the needs of various stakeholders who use the 1.4 km water pipe that supplies the entire harbour area from the municipal system. Finally, at the slipway east of the village, the concrete base, which has sustained severe damage because of exposure to waves and ice, will be repaired.

At Chevery, repairs will be undertaken to the wharf's electrical and lighting system to ensure safe use and an acceptable level of service. Repairs will also be made to the surface of the launching ramp located near the wintering area.

At Harrington Harbour, the project to repair the slipway piles begun last year will be completed. As well, the second and final phase of cleaning the ocean floor along the wharf will be completed to prevent vessels from hitting bottom and sustaining damage.

At Kegaska, the slipway winch will be repaired and an additional hook will be mounted in the new enlarged section. The wharf will be inspected to determine the presence and severity of the gaps under the concrete slab. Also, a base will be installed under the unloading crane to protect it from waves during storms.

At Tete a la Baleine, a new unloading crane will be installed to support the safe operations of fishing vessels.

Upper and Middle North Shore

At Aguanish, most of the wood sheathing that is on the two most deteriorated faces of the wharf will be replaced. The new sheathing will protect the structure and the vessels and ensure user safety.

At Baie Trinite, the system for attaching many of the fenders along the steel sheet pile wharf has been damaged over the years. Fifteen fenders will be reinstalled, which will enable a larger section of the wharf to be used safely and provide greater protection to vessels.

At Les Escoumins, the upgrading of all the steel floating docks that began a few years ago will continue. This year, another of the floating docks that is in poor condition because of the effects of corrosion, inclement weather and seasonal use will be rebuilt.

At Mingan, additional mooring bollards will be installed. This should improve the conditions of use for fishers during manoeuvres at the wharf. As well, the wood sheathing in the inside basin area will be repaired. A bathymetric survey of the basins will be conducted to confirm the water levels following the dredging that was carried out last year.

At Sept-Iles, a study will be undertaken to determine the economic benefits of cathodic protection and, if applicable, the approximate costs of such an investment.

As part of its maintenance and minor repair program, the Department will also carry out other projects during the year based on urgency. Typically, these projects include replacing dangerous structural components, repairs to winches and electrical systems, and preventive maintenance of structures in general.

In addition, in accordance with legal requirements for fish habitat protection, follow-ups to environmental compensation projects will be undertaken to ensure that the fish habitat that was destroyed during previous harbour projects has been restored.

The projects will be undertaken by Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Small Craft Harbours Program, in collaboration with the harbour authorities, which manage and operate facilities for the benefit of local users. This close cooperation enables 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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  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Quebec, Quebec
    Richard Lessard
    Senior Communications Advisor
    (418) 648-3466
    Transport Canada, Ottawa
    Office of the Minister
    Irene Marcheterre
    Director of Communications
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