Small Craft Harbours is a nationwide program run by Fisheries and Oceans
Canada (DFO). More than 5,000 volunteers assist the program annually. It keeps the
harbours that are critical to the fishing industry open and in good repair.The
program operates and maintains a national system of harbours to provide commercial
fish harvesters and other harbour users with safe and accessible facilities.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Small Craft Harbours are crucial to the fishing industry, and by extension, the Canadian culture and economy. As of September 2018, the program is responsible for 1,008 harbours,including 882 fishing harbours and 126 recreational harbours.
Together, these harbours represent over 10,000 structures valued at approximately $5.6 billion. Small Craft Harbours is a decentralized program. The headquarters used to be in Ottawa but now since April 1st, 2018, the headquarters is located in Moncton, New Brunswick.
Our goal is a sustainable national network of safe and accessible harbours that are:
• fully operated
• in good working condition
• managed and maintained by self-sufficient harbour authorities who represent the interests of users and communities
Small Craft Harbours Maritime and Gulf Regions;
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