Innovative Project for Construction of Floating Docks on the Lower North Shore
In recent years, thanks to funding from Canada Economic Development (CED) and technical support from Fisheries and Oceans Canada, several Lower North Shore communities in Quebec have been able to replace old floating docks.
The communities of Old Fort, Rivière-Saint-Paul, La Tabatière and Chevery collaborated to present a comprehensive plan to CED, managed by the Eastern Lower North Shore Harbour Authority, which consisted of building 256 floating docks using local labour. In addition to being useful for commercial fishers, the docks could also be used by recreational fishers, tourists and local residents.
The Eastern Lower North Shore Harbour Authority carried out and supervised the work in collaboration with the harbour authorities of the four targeted communities. The project created numerous temporary jobs in an area hit hard by tough economic times.
Spanning a nearly three-year period, this initiative was very well received by the community and is a good example of the constant efforts and goodwill of volunteers from the harbour authorities to improve fishing industry services in Quebec.
Martin St-Gelais, Director
North Shore Area