Fisheries and Oceans Canada



Fisheries and Oceans Canada

April 02, 2013 12:02 ET

Funding for Additional Small Craft Harbour Projects to Benefit Fishermen in Newfoundland and Labrador

ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(Marketwired - April 2, 2013) - Senator Fabian Manning, on behalf of the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, announced today $460,000 in funding for repair and improvement projects at three small craft harbours in Newfoundland and Labrador.

"Our small craft harbours are central to the economy of Newfoundland and Labrador, and to many jobs in our communities," said Senator Manning. "They allow individuals and commercial fishermen alike to make a living, and I am glad to see that these three projects will help make harbours across the province safer and more effective."

"Safe and efficient fishing harbours are critical to those who make their living from the fishery," said Minister Ashfield. "The projects we are announcing today will improve the safety and operational efficiency of several harbours across the country. Our Government continues to invest in coastal communities and prepare Canada's fishing industry for the future."

This work is in addition to major projects and dredging work being carried out at approximately 95 fishing harbours throughout the country, announced in July 2012. The $460,000 investment is in support of the following projects:

  • Completed repairs to the finger pier wharf that sustained storm damage late last summer at Jerseyside; and,
  • Ongoing breakwater repairs at Port de Grave and completed breakwater repairs at Dildo to restore safe berthage and protection for the fishing fleet.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada undertakes these projects in cooperation with the local harbour authorities that manage and operate facilities for local users. Close cooperation between the Department and harbour authorities allows the federal government to continue to provide an operable system of harbours and facilities throughout Canada in support of the commercial fishing industry.

The Government of Canada remains focused on four priorities, as outlined by the Prime Minister, that Canadians care most about: their families, the safety of our streets and communities, their pride in being a citizen of this country, and of course, their personal financial security.

For broadcast:

Government of Canada announced $460,000 in funding for additional repair and improvement projects at three small craft harbours in Newfoundland and Labrador. The work will help ensure that the harbours are safe and functional for the commercial fishing industry.

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Contact Information

  • Frank Stanek
    Media Relations
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    613-990-7537

    Barbara Mottram
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    613-992-3474