Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

June 01, 2005 12:09 ET

DFO: Matthews Announces a Federal Investment of $4.8 Million for Harbour Improvements in Newfoundland and Labrador

RANDOM-BURIN-ST. GEORGE'S, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(CCNMatthews - June 1, 2005) - Bill Matthews, Member of Parliament for Random - Burin - St. George's, announced today on behalf of Geoff Regan, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, that the federal government will invest approximately $4.8 million in repairs and improvements to fishing harbours in the area.

"The coastal communities of Newfoundland and Labrador must have adequate harbour infrastructure to support their marine-based industries," said Mr. Matthews. "The funding I am announcing today demonstrates this government's commitment to keeping the essential fishing harbours of this province functional and in good condition."

Burin - This harbour has insufficient facilities to serve all the fishing vessels requiring accommodation at this location. Under this project, additional cribwork will be installed adjacent to the fishermen's stage along the southern side of the harbour basin to extend available berthage and increase the service area for users.

Cape St. George - Under this project, the approach and service area will be repaired to provide vehicles using the upland area with adequate access and parking. Lighting and electrical services will also be repaired and improved.

Codroy - The area around the harbour, used extensively for offloading boats and tractor trailers and for light vehicle traffic, is currently not adequate to handle the traffic and operating requirements of the harbour. This project will repair and upgrade the approach and upland areas to provide a safer, cleaner and more functional operating and storage area.

Port Harmon (Stephenville) - Planning and design will be undertaken for a three-year major construction project at this harbour. In total, the work will involve reconstructing a marginal wharf that is currently unsafe and facing imminent barricading. Once work is completed, the new wharf will provide users with protected berthage and an offloading and service area. Completion of this work will avoid serious disruption to fishing operations at this very active harbour.

Conne River - Fisheries and Oceans Canada will participate in a major harbour development initiative at this site. The funding will allow construction of a finger pier wharf and a section of marginal wharf within this harbour. Work will be spread over two fiscal years with completion in 2006/07. The overall harbour development project is a joint venture involving Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, the Atlantic Opportunities Agency and the Miawpukek First Nation.

St. Lawrence - The planning and engineering phase will commence on a two-year project to construct a marginal wharf between the launchway and the finger pier. When this project is completed, it will allow safe berthage for vessels of 35 feet and under, freeing up much needed space on the finger pier to accommodate larger vessels. The project will allow better utilization of available wharf space and reduce congestion.

Garnish - In this third phase of a four-year project to upgrade facilities within this harbour, the western marginal wharf and launchway within the basin will be reconstructed along with the inner section of the marginal/finger pier wharf in the channel.

The Harbour Breton wharf extension and Fox Island River wharf repair projects will be completed with the installation of concrete decks, wheel guards, ladders and fenders. In addition, reconstruction of the slipway at Rencontre East will be finished 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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  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada, St. John's, NL
    Robert Fagan
    Communications Officer
    (709) 772-7627