CARIBOU – Repairs to the Caribou wharf should start in October as soon as herring fishing season is over.
The work to repair the concrete face of the wharf, known as the copewall, will continue through the fall and then stop in winter, before resuming next summer with an estimated completion in July or August of 2014, said Donald MacDonald, small harbour area chief following an announcement this morning by MP Peter MacKay.
“As you know the fishing harbours in this part of the region are subject to a lot of deterioration and to have infrastructure receive funding for rehabilitation or new life is important to the fisherman and to the program in general,” MacDonald said.
Caribou wasn’t the only beneficiary announced Tuesday. MacKay said that the Government of Canada will invest $10.2 million in maintenance, repair, construction and dredging projects at small craft harbours in Nova Scotia.
“Small craft harbours play a vital role in securing the prosperity of our coastal communities in Nova Scotia,” said MacKay. “The investment announced today shows our Government’s commitment to providing safe and prosperous harbours.”
The harbours he said are important to local economies, not just fishermen.
“In order to effectively apply their trade, small craft harbors have to be in decent shape. There’s a lot of maritime tradition tied up right here at this harbor in Caribou and throughout Pictou County and certainly across the East Coast.”
Major projects being funded under the program include:
• Beginning of a multi-year breakwater wharf construction project at Chéticamp (LaDigue)
• Construction of a breakwater wharf at Port Morien, to be carried out over two years;
• Reconstruction of a marginal wharf at Pleasant Bay, to be carried out over two years;
• Repairs to a wharf at Caribou Ferry, to be carried out over two years; and
• Reconstructing a portion of a wharf at Upper Whitehead, to be carried out over two years.
• Dredging will also be used to increase the depth in the channel and a small section of the basin at Three Fathom Harbour
• Planning for a regional dredge disposal site at Glace Bay.
In addition, a number of minor repair and redredging projects as well as technical studies will be carried out at small craft harbours throughout the province.