CHARLOTTE COUNTY, N. B. — The government of Canada is investing $750,000 over two years in harbour improvements at Dipper Harbour and Seeleys Cove, N.B.
"Our government understands that by investing in infrastructure at our small craft harbours, we are also supporting employment opportunities that benefit local communities and ensuring the livelihood of our fishing industry," said John Williamson, Member of Parliament for New Brunswick Southwest.
"The funding will help maintain a network of safe and efficient harbours across Canada and contribute to continued economic growth and prosperity for Canadians."
The project involves the construction of a ground-out bed, which will provide users at Dipper Harbour with a safe and economical means of carrying out vessel maintenance and repairs.
In addition, the installation of five floating wharves at Seeleys Cove, complete with landing platform and gangway, will provide much needed capacity for harbour users.
Both of these projects are expected to be completed in the spring of 2015.
Small craft harbours support the commercial fishing industry. Nearly 90 per cent of all commercial fish harvesters in Canada use small craft harbour facilities, and their annual production represents approximately $1.6 billion.
The Canadian commercial fishing industry provides employment in many coastal, rural and isolated communities. This includes approximately 80,000 jobs within the industry as well as thousands of additional jobs in supporting industries.