Port Simpson (Lax Kw'alaams) Entrance Channel Dredging

Small Craft Harbours (SCH) is undertaking maintenance dredging of the Port Simpson (Lax Kw'alaams) Small Craft Harbours site, located on the Tsmpsean Peninsula coast, approximately 35km north of Prince Rupert, British Columbia in the Skeena-Queen Charlotte Regional District.

The proposed project involves will require a dredge cut of up to -3.5m Chart Datum (CD), resulting in removal of up to 6,800 m3 of material, to return the elevation of the mudline within the harbour entrance channel to the original design grade for safe navigation of fishing vessels.  A barge mounted clamshell or excavator, with scow will be loaded with dredge material and towed offsite to a disposal at sea site where it will be offloaded under a disposal at sea (DAS) permit.

Loading Site(s): Port Simpson Small Craft Harbour, British Columbia, at approximately 54.56136° N, 130.42996° W.

Disposal Site(s): Port Simpson Disposal Site, within a 250-metre radius of 54.58254° N, 130.44228° W.

Method of Disposal: Disposal will be carried out by end dumping.

Environmental monitoring by a Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP) and a silt curtain will be employed during all in-water work which will occur during windows of least risk to fish as defined by Fisheries and Oceans Canada.



This map is for illustrative purposes. The markers represent the approximate locations based on available data. More than one marker may be identified for a given assessment.


Latest update

January 15, 2021 – The Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Small Craft Harbours issued its Notice of Determination and determined that the project is not likely to cause significant environmental effects.



Small Craft Harbours Pacific Region
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
David Black, Sr. Project Engineer
400-701 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V7Y 1C6
Telephone: 604-482-3327
Fax: 604-666-7056
Email: david.black@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

  • Location

    • Port Simpson (Lax Kw'alaams) Small Craft Harbour (British Columbia)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Ports and Harbours
  • Assessment Status

  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Small Craft Harbours Pacific Region
  • Authorities

    • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


Nearby assessments

...within 200 kilometres
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