Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

October 20, 2006 09:41 ET

DFO/Keddy Announces Federal Investment of $8 Million at Three Fishing Harbours in Nova Scotia

BRIDGEWATER, NOVA SCOTIA--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 20, 2006) - Canada's new government will provide $8 million over the next three years for improvements at three fishing harbours on Cape Sable Island in southern Nova Scotia. Gerald Keddy, Member of Parliament for South Shore -- St. Margaret's, announced the funding today on behalf of the Honourable Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans.

"The commercial fishery of southern Nova Scotia is one of the busiest and most productive in Canada," said Mr. Keddy. "This is a significant federal investment and will do a lot to provide our fishers with the first-rate harbours and facilities they need for success." The work will be completed over the next three years.

Cape Sable Island is an essential part of the fishery of southern Nova Scotia. Major capital projects will be carried out in Clark's Harbour, Newellton, and West Head. The projects will improve safety and services as well as increase capacity and ability to serve larger vessels. This $8 million brings the total investment by Canada's New Government to $16.3 million for small craft harbours in Nova Scotia.

"Our government understands that harbour infrastructure is a critical element in successful fisheries," said Mr. Keddy. "The projects we are doing on Cape Sable Island will lessen congestion and allow safer accommodation of vessels."

These projects are being carried out under Fisheries and Oceans Canada's Small Craft Harbours Program in collaboration with harbour authorities that manage and operate facilities for the benefit of local users. This cooperation enables the federal government to continue to provide an operable system of harbours and facilities throughout Canada in support of commercial fishers and coastal communities.


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DETAILS OF PROJECTS AT THREE FISHING HARBOURS IN NOVA SCOTIA

Cape Sable Island is an essential part of the fishery of southern Nova Scotia. Three of the island's most important harbours will benefit from large major capital projects to improve safety and services as well as increase capacity and the harbours' ability to serve today's larger vessels. Clark's Harbour, Newellton and West Head will be the site of major construction and harbour development work over the next several years.

Clark's Harbour is overcrowded and facing safety issues due to insufficient water depth as well as wharf structures in very poor condition. The project includes construction of a marginal wharf in the outer basin and improvements to the Kenney (east) wharf. Additionally, the deck on the outer finger pier will be rebuilt and the inner finger pier wharf will be demolished to allow better movement within the crowded basin. Conditions will be further improved by dredging the harbour basin to more safely accommodate the larger vessels.

Congestion is also a problem at Newellton where there are also serious safety concerns in relation to the dilapidated floating wave breaks intended to shelter the harbour. The project includes replacement of the floating wave breaks with a rubblemound breakwater as well as installation of floating wharves. Work will be completed with basin dredging and construction of a parking/service area with an access road.

Limited berthage capacity and insufficient water depth for vessels mean that West Head facilities are not adequate to provide the services needed by fishers. The project at West Head involves construction of a new berthage basin on the east side of the existing harbour facilities. This includes construction of an access road and infilled service area, dredging of a new basin and installation of floating wharves.

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