Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

December 04, 2006 09:31 ET

Hearn Announces Federal Investment of $600,000 at Four Fishing Harbours in Newfoundland and Labrador

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 4, 2006) - The Honourable Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Minister responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador, announced today that Canada's new government will provide additional funding in the amount of $600,000 for harbour improvements and planning projects at four fishing harbours in Newfoundland and Labrador.

"These projects are important for these Newfoundland communities," said Minister Hearn. "This funding supports our fishers and their success in the commercial fishery."

This new funding will accelerate the implementation of the project at Port au Choix that was announced in June. This project involves the reconstruction of a wharf that has surpassed its life expectancy and is unsafe for users. With the project design and engineering having been recently completed, the construction phase of this multi-year project will begin this winter.

Additionally, funding to undertake planning and engineering studies will be allocated this year at Fogo, Lamaline and Musgrave Harbour.

Fogo - Project planning and engineering for a future wharf extension and dredging will be completed this year.

Lamaline - Project planning and engineering related to a future breakwater construction project will be completed this year.

Musgrave Harbour - Wave agitation at this location poses a risk to vessels using this busy harbour. This project will entail reconstructing the existing breakwater to provide users with safer access to and berthage at the facilities. Planning and engineering will take place this year.

This investment, combined with projects previously announced by Canada's New Government, brings the investment for Small Craft Harbours in Newfoundland and Labrador this year to $16.7 million.

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 the local users. This 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.

Contact Information

  • Fisheries and Oceans
    St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
    Kimberley Penney
    Communications Officer