|By Marketwired .||
|March 19, 2014 04:18 PM EDT||
UCLUELET, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwired) -- 03/19/14 -- Mr. James Lunney, Member of Parliament for Nanaimo-Alberni, on behalf of the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, today announced that a $232,000 in repairs at the Ucluelet (Otter Street) small craft harbour has been completed. The project involved reconstruction of the Ucluelet wharf and associated repairs.
This funding is part of a $7.9 million investment for British Columbia's small craft harbours, which included 9 major harbour projects.
- The Ucluelet (Otter Street) harbour serves up to 17 vessels and is used primarily by larger fishing vessels participation in hake, sardine and tuna fisheries.
- On September 3, 2013, the Government of Canada announced a $63 milllion investment to support over 100 major repair, construction, maintenance and dredging projects and a large number of minor repair and redredging projects at small craft harbours across Canada in 2013-2014.
- Fisheries and Oceans Canada's Small Craft Harbours Program is mandated to keep the harbours that are critical to the fishing industry open and in good repair.
- The Small Craft Harbours Program is responsible for over 1,000 small craft harbours across Canada.
- Fisheries and Oceans Canada undertakes projects at harbours in cooperation with the local Harbour Authorities that manage and operate facilities for local users.
"It is important to keep harbours in good operating condition for the communities and fisheries that depend on them," said MP Lunney. "Over the past five years, our Government has invested approximately $750, 000 in the two Ucluelet harbours. These most recent repairs at the Otter Street harbour in Ucluelet will ensure that the wharf is in safe condition for commercial fishermen and other harbour users into the future."
Backgrounder on Small Craft Harbours Fundinghttp://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/media/back-fiche/2013/hq-ac44a-eng.htm
News Release on Small Craft Harbours Funding for British Columbia in 2013http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/media/npress-communique/2013/hq-ac45-eng.htm
On Small Craft Harbourshttp://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/sch-ppb/aboutsch-aproposppb-eng.asp
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