Kamp announces federal investments for improvement projects at British Columbia fishing harbours



    SQUAMISH, BC, Jan. 16 /CNW/ - A major two-year improvement project at the
Prince Rupert (Fairview) small craft harbour in northern British Columbia, as
well as other fishing harbour upgrades on Canada's West Coast, were announced
today by Randy Kamp, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries and
Oceans.
    "Our fish harvesters need well-maintained wharves in order to operate
productively and land their catch safely," said Kamp. "Investing in these
kinds of improvements helps not just the fishing industry, but also the
surrounding local communities."
    At Fairview harbour, the deteriorated timber wharf will be replaced with
a new, larger structure that will provide a functional multi-service area
platform and enhance access, loading and vehicle traffic circulation. The
$2.5 million, two-year project also includes the construction of a new harbour
management building containing office space, fire service equipment, washrooms
and showers.
    Kamp announced an additional $300,000 in federal funding for the repair
and upgrade of electrical services supplying the fish harvester's public sales
float at Steveston small craft harbour in Richmond, as well as funding for
wharf and deck repairs at the Prince Rupert (Rushbrook) facility. The
Government of Canada is also providing more than $225,000 for interim storm
damage repairs at Oona River, Klemtu, Cortes Bay, Okeover, Comox, Hot Springs
Cove and Fulford small craft harbours.
    These projects will be carried out under Fisheries and Oceans Canada's
Small Craft Harbours program, in collaboration with the harbour authorities
that manage and operate federal community fishing harbour facilities in
British Columbia for the benefit of local users. This cooperation assists the
federal government in providing an operable system of harbours and facilities
throughout Canada in support of commercial fish harvesters and coastal
communities.





For further information:

For further information: Hannah Mahoney, Communications Advisor,
Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Pacific Region, (604) 666-7120

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