Guysborough County harbours get federal funding
Peter MacKay, Regional Minister for Nova Scotia and MP for Central Nova announced Saturday that the Government of Canada will invest more than $10 million over the next two years in harbour improvement projects at seven Nova Scotia harbours, including several in Guysborough County. The funding is intended to help provide a safer and more efficient working environment for local fishermen and harbour users.
Local projects include:
Marie Joseph – constructing a wharf extension complete with the electrical services
Owls Head – replacing a deteriorated wharf with a new structure and removing the remnants of an old breakwater
Port Bickerton East – completing work that started last year which consists of constructing two service areas and a slipway, installing floating wharves, and dredging
Sonora – replacing a deteriorated wharf with a new structure and constructing a launching ramp to improve harbour access
Arisaig – replacing a deteriorating wharf with a new structure
Ballantyne’s Cove – replacing a barricaded wharf with a new structure complete with a new electrical system and dredging of the basin
Havre Boucher – constructing a new wharf, dredging to expand the basin area, constructing a service area, and installing floating wharves and a new electrical system
Nearly 90 percent of all commercial fish harvesters in Canada use small craft harbour facilities and their annual production represents approximately $1.6 billion.
“For generations, hard-working Canadian men and women have made their livelihood from our waters. Without question, small craft harbours are the cornerstone of our commercial fishing industry," said Minister of Fisheries Gail Shea. "Today’s announcement is part of our government’s ongoing commitment to support harbours, local economies and foster job creation.
"Ensuring that small craft harbours are kept in good operating condition not only benefits those who use them but also the communities where they are located."