September 5, 2008

Fisheries and Oceans Canada: Government of Canada Investing in Quebec Fishing Harbours

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 5, 2008) - The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, on behalf of the Honourable Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, today announced federal funding to carry out work at five fishing harbours in Quebec.

"Fisheries play a key role in coastal communities in Quebec's maritime regions," said Minister Cannon. "This investment will make a major contribution toward ensuring that harbour facilities meet the needs of commercial fishers and their communities for years to come."

The $628,000 investment will be used for projects in fishing harbours on the Gaspe Peninsula, the Magdalen Islands and the North Shore of the St. Lawrence River. This announcement is added to investment totalling $6,565,000 previously announced this year for repairing harbour facilities and dredging.

Projects include paving, repairs to electrical systems, installing floating docks, a retrofit of the winter boat storage area and various maintenance work.

These projects are being undertaken under the Small Craft Harbours Program together with the harbour authorities who manage and operate the facilities for local users. Such close co-operation with clients allows the federal government to continue to provide a safe and operable system of harbours and facilities throughout Canada, in support of commercial fish harvesters.

The Government of Canada understands the importance of small craft harbours to communities across the country. Since February 2006, the permanent annual funding for the Small Craft Harbours Program has been increased by $20 million, with a further $10 million commitment made in Budget 2008 over two years for repairs and environmental cleanup at recreational and non-core fishing harbours to permit the transfer of these harbours to interested parties.

Details of these projects can be found in the attached backgrounder.



A total of $628,000 in funding has been allocated for projects at five Quebec fishing harbours. Work will include:

Gaspe Peninsula

Matane - In a few months from now, new floating docks will be built with more mooring surface for inshore fishers to relieve the heavy traffic at the wharf from all the midshore fishers.

Magdalen Islands

Etang-du-Nord - The winter boat storage area will be upgraded and expanded. In addition, various maintenance work will be carried out at the Coop Wharf to make the facility more efficient and safe for users.

Grande-Entree - Work will consist of paving the winter boat storage area to improve boat transportation operations at the beginning and end of the season and to prevent sand from blowing in case of high winds.

North Shore

Blanc-Sablon - Repairs and modifications to the electrical system will bring it up to code and the needs of the users.

Kegaska -- The project will consist of installation of floating docks, a gangway and other related temporary works to ensure that fish harvesters have safe access to the harbour facilities while work is carried out at the Transport Canada wharf.

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