MIL-OSI Canada: Minister Lebouthillier announces financial support for Eastern Quebec fish harvesters, and confirms phase 2 of construction on Newport harbour

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Source: Government of Canada News

June 13, 2024

Newport, Quebec – Harbour infrastructure and innovation play a vital role for fish harvesters, giving them access to safe, modern facilities and supporting them in the development and acquisition of high-performance tools. This in turn supports the economic health of coastal communities, and contributes to a more prosperous blue economy.

Today, the Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and Canadian Coast Guard, announced contributions for eight projects under the Quebec Fisheries Fund (QFF), as well as the launch of the second phase of work to revitalize Newport harbour.

Quebec Fisheries Fund

The Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec are announcing more than $650,000 in funding for eight projects in the Gaspé region and on the North Shore. These projects will help improve the efficiency, quality and sustainability of Quebec’s fish and seafood sector. The Government of Canada’s contribution to these eight projects is $455,442.

As part of the QFF extension to 2026, the combined contributions of the two governments to the QFF will result in total investments of $11.6 million. They create opportunities and enhance the market value of high-quality, sustainable fish and seafood in Quebec. DFO would like to reiterate that it continues to accept projects, while now giving priority to innovative projects related to redfish.

Second phase of revitalization work at Newport harbour in the Gaspé Peninsula

Newport harbour is of paramount importance to the Quebec fishing industry. The second phase of work, scheduled to begin in fall 2024, will involve rebuilding the coastal wharf known as the “quai des côtiers”. This new infrastructure will provide fish harvesters with a safe, weather-resistant facility. The harbour will remain accessible and operational during the work.

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