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Improving fishing harbours
through Canada’s Economic Action Plan
Tourelle harbour

Tourelle harbour

DFO  F. Labrecque

Via Canada’s Economic Action Plan, Fisheries and Oceans Canada has invested several million dollars since 2009 to repair or build infrastructure for fish harvesters. Here is an overview of projects carried out in each of Québec’s three maritime areas, the Gaspé Peninsula, the Magdalen Islands and the North Shore.

Tourelle, Gaspé Peninsula

Given the very rough water on the north side of the Gaspé Peninsula, the existing breakwater at the Tourelle harbour was insufficient to protect structures and vessels from waves and ice.

Consequently, the Small Craft Harbour Branch extended the main breakwater by 65 m. This improvement to Tourelle harbour installations facilitates use of the harbour and harbour activities associated with fishing, which are crucial to the regional economy.

Fougère wharf in L'Étang-du-Nord
Fougère wharf in L'Étang-du-Nord

DFO  J.-C. Richard

L’Étang-du-Nord, Magdalen Islands

It was very hard for fish harvesters to navigate the rough waters in the area near the Fougère wharf in L'Étang-du-Nord. The existing infrastructure was therefore extended by adding to the spur breakwater so that it intercepts the waves, thus reducing disturbance at the Fougère wharf.

Project planning called for a comprehensive study of the wave behaviour to optimise the design of the breakwater, its angle, length, and armouring. The extension lies at a 30-degree angle to the existing structure and is 120 m in length. The Co-op wharf also benefits from this new infrastructure. New pontoons will be installed to concentrate fishing activities in this protected area.

Les Escoumins boat launching ramp
Les Escoumins boat launching ramp

Genivar  G. Bouchard

Les Escoumins, North Shore

The existing ramp used to launch fishing boats at Les Escoumins had been in poor condition for several years. It was located in an area subject to strong erosion and relatively far from fishing activities. A new ramp with a 7 m drop was built in spring 2010 near the fishers’ pontoons in Anse aux Basques. The new ramp is composed of 30 prefabricated embedded concrete slabs, making the structure very solid and long-lasting.

Élisabeth Marceau
Small Craft Harbours