November 29, 2012
MP Mark Warawa Announces Support for Local Commercial Fishermen at McMillan Island
“Our Conservative Government is committed to ensuring a bright future for Canada’s commercial fisheries,” says Warawa . “Our investment in the harbour at McMillan Island will keep them safe and accessible for those who depend on them to earn a living and support their families.”
Just over $10,000.00 has been granted to repair the docks at McMillan Island. “Projects at small craft harbours like ours, benefit local economies, help create jobs, and contribute to economic growth,” says Warawa.
Repair and improvement projects are undertaken at harbours across the country by Fisheries and Oceans Canada, as part of its Small Craft Harbours Program, in cooperation with the local harbour authorities that manage and operate facilities for local users. The program is mandated to keep the harbours that are critical to the fishing industry open and in good repair.
“There are 755 of these essential or “core” fishing harbours in Canada, ” says Warawa, “Nearly 90 percent of commercial fish harvesters in Canada use small craft harbour facilities and their annual production represents approximately $1.5 billion in landed value. Every year, maintenance, repair and dredging projects are carried out at small craft harbours across the country.”
Close cooperation between the Department and harbour authorities allows the federal government to continue to provide an operable system of harbours and facilities throughout Canada in support of commercial fish harvesters.