Cummins announces $650,000 in Steveston small craft harbour improvements

    VANCOUVER, July 8 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada is contributing
$650,000 toward improvements to Steveston's Paramount and Gulf of Georgia
small craft harbour sites, John Cummins, Member of Parliament for
Delta-Richmond East, announced today on behalf of the Honourable Loyola Hearn,
Minister of Fisheries and Oceans.
    "Steveston is a busy, important harbour with a high volume of marine
traffic," said Mr. Cummins. "These funds will help to ensure that Steveston
continues to address the needs of local fishermen, the community and transient
    Annual maintenance dredging of Steveston Harbour will be undertaken to
remove the current infill adjacent to Nelson Pond and ensure that basin depths
are not compromised. As well, wharf repairs at the Paramount site, and minor
works projects at both harbour sites, will be carried out to maintain the
operational requirements of the harbour and ensure that facilities are in good
    These projects will be undertaken by Fisheries and Oceans Canada, as part
of its Small Craft Harbours Program, in cooperation with the Steveston Harbour
Authority, which manages and operates the facilities for the benefit of local
users. This cooperative effort reflects the federal government's commitment to
provide an operable system of harbours and facilities throughout Canada in
support of commercial fishing and coastal communities.
    The Government of Canada understands the importance of small craft
harbours to communities across the country. Since February 2006, the
permanent, annual funding for the Small Craft Harbours Program has been
increased by $20 million. A further $10 million commitment, to be invested
over a two-year period, was made in Budget 2008. This funding is intended for
repairs and environmental cleanup at recreational and non-core fishing
harbours to facilitate the transfer of these harbours to interested parties.

For further information:

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

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