Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

November 16, 2006 14:26 ET

DFO: Minister Thompson Announces Emergency Dredging at the Fishing Harbour of Pointe-Sapin on New Brunswick

ST. STEPHEN, NEW BRUNSWICK--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 16, 2006) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister responsible for New Brunswick, today announced on behalf of the Honourable Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, that Canada's new government will undertake emergency dredging at the fishing harbour of Pointe-Sapin in New Brunswick.

"Harbours are key to the economic viability of Canadian fishing communities," said Minister Thompson. "The federal government's quick action and funding demonstrate its commitment to provide safe and functional facilities for commercial fishers."

The Pointe-Sapin entrance channel and sand trap have infilled to the point where navigational safety of the fishers is at risk and vessels could be damaged at mid to low tides. This project will involve dredging the entrance channel as well as the sand trap that has filled over the years. As a first intervention, 30,000 cubic metres of sand will be removed from the sand trap during the winter, and deposited south-west of the harbour. Next spring, 10,000 cubic metres of sand will be dredged from the entrance channel. The completion of this work will provide Pointe-Sapin fishers with a safe and functional harbour.

This project will be funded by Fisheries and Oceans Canada, from the Small Craft Harbours budget. It will be implemented in cooperation with the Harbour Authority of Pointe-Sapin that manages and operates the facilities for local users. This close cooperation with clients allows the Government of Canada to continue to provide an operable system of harbours and facilities throughout Canada in support of commercial fishers.

Contact Information

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Moncton, New Brunswick
    Frederic Butruille
    Communications Manager
    Corporate Services