The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, announced that the Government of Canada is completing the final engineering work related to a major investment project at Tignish harbour.
This is part of the $4 million in funding for small craft harbours across Prince Edward Island that was announced on September 3, 2013.
“In Tignish, the commercial fishing industry is central to the local economy and community,” said Minister Shea. “The investment announced today will ensure that fish harvesters and the local community have a safe and functional harbour to support their day-to-day activities.”
The future project includes the realignment of the channel and dredging work between the neighbouring harbours of Tignish and Jude’s Point. There will also be armour stone added along the channel for shoreline protection. The project is currently in the final design stage.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada undertakes these projects in cooperation with the local harbour authorities that manage and operate facilities for local users. Close cooperation between the Department and harbour authorities allows the federal government to continue to provide an operable system of harbours and facilities throughout Canada in support of the commercial fishing industry.
This year, Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Small Craft Harbours Program is undertaking repair and maintenance work at core fishing harbours across Canada through an investment of approximately $63 million. This investment will fund over 100 major repair, construction, maintenance and dredging projects at small craft harbours across Canada. In addition, this investment will enable a large number of minor repair and redredging projects to be carried out at fishing harbours throughout the country.
Press Release, November 19, 2013