Project Title:

Fanny Bay Harbour Loading Ramps

Project Organization:

Fanny Bay Harbour Authority

Project Investment:

  • Island Coastal Economic Trust: $515,000
  • Western Economic Diversification: $515,000
  • DFO Small Craft Harbours: $500,000
  • WestCCAP: $250,000
  • Fanny Bay Harbour Authority: $89,700
  • Total Budget: $1,869,700

Project Highlight:

Less than a year after completion, offloading capacity increased by 50%.

Shellfish aquaculture is an important piece of the Island and Coastal economy. In recent years, the industry has expanded rapidly, but the aging infrastructure has not been able to accommodate the growth needed to meet market demand.

The Fanny Bay Harbour project sought to increase shellfish offloading capacity and improve productivity. It involved the replacement of the existing wood wharf and installation of a new, floating concrete wharf with ramp access. This enabled increased access to offload product, reduced waiting times and product safety.

Completed in 2012, the key impact of this project has been increased productivity, which has enabled producers to increase shellfish production and their market share within this growing industry. Less than a year after completion, offloading capacity has increased by 50% and is expected to increase by more than 300% in 2014.

Island Coastal Economic Trust approved funding for this project in 2012 through the Capital and Innovation program.