Public Health Agency of Canada

08/03/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 08/03/2021 13:51

The Government of Canada invests close to $6 million in the fishing harbours in the Miramichi area

August 3, 2021

Tabusintac, New Brunswick - Small craft harbours are the heart of Canada's coastal communities. They are hubs of recreation and industry, and they 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.

Today, the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, along with Pat Finnigan, Member of Parliament for Miramichi-Grand Lake, announced that the Government of Canada is making investments to renew harbour infrastructure throughout Northeast New Brunswick.

A number of harbours have been identified for improvements:

  • Conceptual design (including engineering/environmental components) for the future development of a wharf adjacent to the Esgenoôpetitj First Nation;
  • Advance planning, design and permits for repairs to the wharf at Escuminac;
  • Annual re-dredging, shore protection, realignment of floating docks and removal of dredge spoils at Loggiecroft;
  • Replacing an old wooden structure which served as a dredging structure at Pointe-Sapin. The structure will be removed and surrounded by stone to provide shore protection and annual re-dredging; and,
  • Creation of a second basin by dredging and installation of floating docks, as well as annual re-dredging at McEachern's Point.