Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

March 08, 2008 09:37 ET

Minister Mackay Announces Federal Investment at North Rustico Harbour in Prince Edward Island

ARISAIG, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - March 8, 2008) - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, today announced on behalf of the Honourable Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, funding for improvements at North Rustico fishing harbour in Prince Edward Island.

"This government recognizes the important role that the North Rustico harbour has in the commercial fishery of Prince Edward Island," said Minister MacKay. "Fish harvesters must have the safe, efficient facilities they need to prosper in the commercial fishery."

North Rustico is a busy fishing harbour on the north shore of Prince Edward Island. The harbour relies on the breakwater to provide protection from heavy seas in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The breakwater also directs tides into the harbour basin to maintain water depth for fish harvesters and their vessels. The breakwater has settled over time, and armourstone has been added to raise its profile, ensuring its service to the harbour for many more years. Other work included in the $100,000 project at North Rustico involves repairs to the cross braces, fenders and wales on the finger pier wharf.

"Our government understands the importance of harbours to communities across the country," added Minister MacKay. "Since February 2006, the permanent annual funding for the Small Craft Harbours program has been increased by $20 million, with a further $10 million over two years commitment made in Budget 2008 for repairs and environmental cleanup at recreational and non-core fishing harbours to permit the transfer of these facilities to interested parties."

This project is implemented by Fisheries and Oceans Canada, as part of its Small Craft Harbours Program, in cooperation with the Harbour Authority of North Rustico that manages and operates the facilities for 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.

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  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
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    Frederic Butruille
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    Corporate Services
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    Jack MacAndrew, PEI Reporter
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