VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - April 14, 2014) - The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, today awarded Mr. Michael Griswold a 2013 Small Craft Harbours Prix d'Excellence. Mr. Griswold received the national award under the category of "National Individual Commitment" for his work as the volunteer Chair of the Quadra Island Harbour Authority (QIHA), which manages both the Heriot Bay and Quathiaski Cove small craft harbours.
Under Mr. Griswold's leadership, the QIHA played a key role in ensuring the successful implementation of a large, multi-year, major upgrade to the Heriot Bay small craft harbour. In addition to countless volunteer hours invested in the project, the QIHA also secured $800,000 from external funding partners. This project will benefit the community of Quadra Island and the shellfish industry in the area.
Mr. Griswold also participates on the Fraser River Panel of the Pacific Salmon Commission and is the Vice President and Area H Harvest Committee Member of the Gulf Trollers Association.
- The Prix d'Excellence is awarded annually to celebrate the exemplary contributions made by Harbour Authorities to Fisheries and Oceans Canada's Small Craft Harbours Program. The award recognizes teams and individuals who have made significant contributions to local harbours and their communities.
- Harbour Authorities are responsible for managing, operating and maintaining harbours across Canada. They oversee day-to-day operations and undertake projects to ensure that harbours are in safe and operational condition.
- The Quathiaski Cove harbour provides berthage for approximately twenty commercial vessels participating in the salmon, herring, prawn, pilchard and scallop industries. The Heriot Bay Harbour is used by vessels participating in the scallop, oyster, prawn and shellfish industries.
- Our Government is committed to providing safe and functional harbours to support the commercial fishing industry. Through the Economic Action Plan 2014, the Government is investing $40 million over two years to undertake maintenance, construction, repair and dredging projects at core fishing harbours. This funding is in addition to the Small Craft Harbours Program's annual budget.
"This 2013 Small Craft Harbours Prix d'Excellence recognizes Mr. Michael Grisworld's exceptional contribution as the volunteer Chair of the Quadra Island Harbour Authority," said Minister Shea. "Mr. Griswold's dedicated leadership was essential in the implementation of a project that will benefit the community of Quadra Island. His commitment and determination exemplify the work of Harbour Authorities across the country. With their efforts, local economies benefit, jobs are created, and we contribute to economic growth in coastal communities."
"I am incredibly honoured and humbled to be recognized for this award. I truly believe that the working model of local stakeholder participation in the management of our small craft harbour is one of the most progressive programs promoted by government today. For me, it has engendered improvements for the infrastructure on Quadra Island that our local marine industries are dependent upon," said Mr. Griswold. "I, as a commercial fisherman who participates in several fisheries, realized that the opportunity granted to us certainly needed to be grasped in order to optimize our local marine related businesses. The work has not always been easy. However, the frustrations and hiccups have been made better by a committed Quadra Island Harbour Authority board of directors and a very positive working relationship with the staff at Small Craft Harbours."
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