Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, has announced an investment to improve safety and working conditions for fishermen at Naufrage Harbor, Prince Edward Island.
This funding will be used to replace a section of an existing deteriorated wharf with a new structure, repair the entrance breakwater and carry out maintenance dredging of the channel.
“This announcement is part of our Government’s ongoing commitment to support harbors, local economies and foster job creation. These improvements to the Naufrage Harbor will allow our fishermen to continue to efficiently and safely make a living for their families,” said Shea.
- Naufrage Harbor is home port to approximately 78 vessels;
- Primary species fished at this harbor include lobster, mackerel, herring and tuna. Landings in 2013 represented an estimated value of more than $5.5 million;
- Over the last six years, the Government has invested $1.8 million at this harbor;
- The Harper Government will invest approximately $18.8 million in PEI’s small craft harbors over the next two years for projects at 23 harbors;
- The Government of Canada supports more than 1000 small craft harbors across Canada. Harbor improvement projects are undertaken in cooperation with the local harbor authorities that manage and operate facilities for local users;
- Small craft harbors support the commercial fishing industry. Nearly 90 percent of all commercial fish harvesters in Canada use small craft harbor facilities, and their annual production represents approximately $1.6 billion.