Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced support to ensure that small craft fishing harbours across the country remain operational and productive.
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Prime Minister Harper tours Ritchie Wharf in Miramichi with Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans.
Speaking in Miramichi, where he was accompanied by Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea, the prime minister promised financial support for more than 100 major construction, repair, maintenance and dredging projects at core commercial fishing harbours across Canada, as well as various minor repair and re-dredging projects at additional fishing harbours
Harper said Ottawa will invest $62.8 million in core small craft fishing harbours across the country for 2013-14, through the Small Craft Harbours program of Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
That includes $10.2 million in Nova Scotia, according to background information from DFO. No specific projects in Nova Scotia were identified, although the news release listed a number of harbour improvements in New Brunswick.
“Safe and efficient harbours are vital to the economic well-being of fishing communities across the country,” said Harper. “The support announced today will ensure that harbour facilities support the livelihood of commercial fishermen, contributing to jobs and economic growth in Canada’s coastal communities.”
This investment in small craft harbours across Canada will support 73 major construction, repair and maintenance projects; 34 major dredging projects; minor repairs and redredging projects; and, technical support related to advance planning, preparation of plans and specifications and environmental assessments.
Small craft harbours support the commercial fishing industry, which contributes $5.2 billion to the Canadian economy every year. There are approximately 100,000 jobs within the Canadian commercial fishing industry, as well as thousands of additional jobs in supporting industries.