The Government of Canada invests $25 million in Acadie-Bathurst fishing harbours 

News release

August 6, 2021

Bathurst, New Brunswick - Small craft harbours are the heart of Canada’s coastal communities. They are hubs of recreation and industry, and are essential to Canada’s growing blue economy. Canada’s seafood sector employs over 45,000 Canadians and generates over seven billion dollars per year. With approximately 90% of that product landed at small craft harbours, this infrastructure is vital to Canada’s local and national economies. Through Budget 2021, the federal government is investing $300 million to repair, upgrade and build new small craft harbours across Canada.

On behalf of the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Member of Parliament for Acadie-Bathurst Serge Cormier, announced that the Government of Canada is investing approximately $25 million to help renew the harbour infrastructure throughout Acadie-Bathurst, New Brunswick.

 A number of harbours have been identified for improvements:

  • At Anse-Bleue, the existing electrical system will be replaced with new LED lights to meet users’ needs and current electrical code requirements.
  • At Caraquet, the existing timber crib located at the main entrance of the harbour will be removed to increase protection against wave agitation inside the adjacent basin.
  • At Lamèque, a new rubble mound breakwater will be constructed to alleviate wave agitations within the basin. The existing lights on the high mast located throughout the parking lot will be replaced with new LED lights.
  • At Le Goulet, portions of the “Rue du Havre” access road from the “Rue Principale” in the village of Le Goulet to the harbour will be upgraded.  
  • At Miller Brook, the existing timber crib wave break at the entrance of the harbour will be replaced. The old timber structure will be removed and replaced with a new rubble mound breakwater to cover the same area. A new berlin wall structure will be built inside the basin, which will connect to the existing structure and extend close to the shoreline adjacent to the parking lot.  This will provide adequate berthing to fish harvesters.
  • At Miscou, the floats that are nearing the end of their life cycle will be replaced.
  • At Petit-Rocher, a new service area will be created and floating wharves installed. New floats will also be installed in the basin, and the containment cell will be infilled as required to allow access to the new floating wharves . A road will be built along the containment cell to access the new floating dock system.
  • At Petit-Shippagan, work will be done to improve shore protection where the service area meets the main wharf on the eastern side of the property.
  • At Pigeon Hill, some of the existing electrical system will be replaced with new LED lights to meet users’ needs and current electrical code requirements.
  • At Savoy Landing, a feasibility assessment will be conducted to determine options to accommodate fish harvesters from Savoy Landing at neighbouring wharves, such as dredging, the installation of floating wharves, or other measures.
  • The marginal wharf at Stonehaven harbour will be replaced with a berlin wall structure and the electrical system will be upgraded.
  • At Val-Comeau, the eastern section of the main “T” wharf will be replaced and extended as part of the final phase for the replacement of the entire “T” wharf. New electrical work will also be included in this new section. Dredging to increase the size of the eastern basin will take place and the capacity of the existing containment cell will be increased.

Quotes

“Canada’s seafood sector brings in over seven billion dollars a year, and ninety per cent of that product is landed at our small craft harbours. By building a better, greener, more efficient national network of harbours, we’re investing in our fisheries and the coastal communities that rely on them.”

The Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard 

“I am excited to see all the work that will be taking place to improve harbour services, promoting inclusive growth in order to build a stronger community. The work announced today will help improve safety and maintain the infrastructure that is essential to Acadie-Bathurst.”

Serge Cormier, Member of Parliament for Acadie-Bathurst 

Quick facts

  • In Budget 2021-2022, the Government of Canada committed an additional $300 million to be invested over two years for the renewal of Canada’s network of small craft harbours.

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) keeps harbours critical to the commercial fishing industry open and in good repair.

  • DFO supports 973 harbours across Canada with more than 5 000 volunteers from harbour authorities.

  • Harbour restoration projects are undertaken in cooperation with the local harbour authorities that manage and operate facilities for local users.

  • The Small Craft Harbour Program budget for 2021-2022 is approximately $90 million; of this amount, approximately $70 million will be directly invested in projects for repairs, maintenance, construction and dredging at harbours. 

  • Canada’s blue economy and its future growth depend on the sustainable use and management of our ocean resources. A Blue Economy Strategy will enable us to protect and revitalize the health of our oceans while taking advantage of emerging economic growth opportunities throughout ocean sectors.

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Contacts

Olivia McMackin
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
343-571-9193

Olivia.Mcmackin@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Media Relations
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
613-990-7537
Media.xncr@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

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