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Basin Dredging and Disposal at Sea at Stoney Island Small Craft Harbour, Shelburne County, NS

The Small Craft Harbours Branch of Fisheries and Oceans Canada proposes to undertake basin dredging and disposal at sea at Stoney Island Small Craft Harbour, located in Shelburne County, Nova Scotia.  The proposed project involves a combination of maintenance and capital dredging of the Stoney Island harbour basin and entrance channel to remove accumulated marine sediments and improve navigation.  These marine sediments are to be disposed at a proposed ocean disposal site located approximately 3 km east of Stoney Island Harbour. 

The method of dredging would be determined by the successful contractor however it will likely involve an excavator working off a floating barge as well as land-based dredging from an excavator working off the shoreline or marginal service area or from an excavator working off a temporary rock access road which would be removed at the end of the project. The total area to be dredged is approximately 19,000 m2. The total volume to be dredged and ocean disposed is approximately 26,500 m3.


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Latest update

August 12, 2020 – Fisheries and Oceans Canada- Small Craft Harbours (DFO-SCH) intends to make a determination regarding whether carrying out basin dredging and disposal at sea, located at Stoney Island Small Craft Harbour is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects. To help inform this determination, DFO-SCH is inviting public comments in respect to that determination for 30 days following the posting of this notice.


Written comments must be submitted by September 12, 2020 to:

Chyann Kirby, DFO-SCH



Chyann Kirby, Environmental Advisor
Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Small Craft Harbours
Chyann Kirby, Environmental Advisor
Gulf Fisheries Centre, 343 University Avenue
Moncton, New Brunswick E1C 9B6
Telephone: 506-866-5164

  • Location

    • Cape Sable Island (Nova Scotia)
  • Project Type

    • Ports and Harbours
  • Status

    In progress
  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Fisheries and Oceans Canada- Small Craft Harbours (DFO-SCH)
  • Authorities

    • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


Nearby projects

..within 200 kilometres
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