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The Administration portuaire de l’est de la Basse-Côte-Nord:
Driving development

Wharf and docks at Vieux-Fort.

DFO  A. Blanchard

Incorporated since early March 2010, the Administration portuaire de l’est de la Basse-Côte-Nord, otherwise known at the Eastern Lower North Shore Harbour Authority, is managing a $1.6 million floating wharf development project on the Lower North Shore.

This new harbour authority is the outcome of the merger of five former harbour authorities, the ones at Blanc-Sablon, Baie de Brador, Middle Bay, Rivière-Saint-Paul and Vieux-Fort. The main reasons behind the merger of these harbour authorities was the desire to enjoy economies of scale, to create a new dynamic committee and to undertake large-scale projects like the one involving the construction of floating docks.

The goal of the wharf development project is to replace the old docks, at least twenty years old and no longer considered safe, in the communities of Rivière-Saint-Paul, Vieux-Fort, Chevery and La Tabatière.

This new equipment will provide safe mooring for the fishing industry, local business, recreational boaters and residents. Most of the communities along the Lower North Shore are isolated from each other and the most economical way to travel for social or business purposes is by boat.

Marvin Buckle, president of the new harbour authority and member of the regional committee of harbour authorities, speaks on behalf of his group to point out the commitment of all the organizations which, working together, saved this project—one that is crucial for the region.  

The project has received funding from several partners, including Canada Economic Development, the Centre local d’emploi, the Centre local de développement and the Conseil des maires de la Basse-Côte-Nord. Fisheries and Oceans Canada provided the technical expertise needed to initiate the project. To ensure financing, a committee was quickly set up to solicit the community and this led to a community-based partnership composed of the Municipalité de la Côte-Nord-du-Golfe-du-Saint-Laurent, the harbour authorities in La Tabatière, Baie-des-Moutons and Chevery, the Comité de pêcheurs de Chevery and local Caisses populaires Desjardins.

To build the docks, the project has created 25 direct jobs, each lasting from 14 to 19 weeks. This job creation is particularly significant since the unemployment rate in these communities varies from 26 to 64%.

Lucinda Morency
North Shore Area