New surveillance vessels for Nova Scotia

The Government of Canada has awarded two contracts of approximately $2.6 million for seven new surveillance vessels to support Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Conservation and Protection Program in Nova Scotia.

Two contracts to procure three rigid hull inflatable surveillance vessels have been awarded to Rosborough Boats of Halifax, Nova Scotia. These boats feature an extended cabin which will assist fishery officers in conducting surveillance operations in inclement weather.

Another contract for four jet patrol surveillance vessels has been awarded to Samson Enterprises of Arichat, Nova Scotia.

All of these vessels will support surveillance operations for fishery officers, and will be stationed in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

Fishery officer duties include enforcing the Fisheries Act and other related acts and regulations; protecting fishery resources and fish habitat by conducting patrols on the land, on the sea and in the air; and participating in public education and awareness programs to develop greater awareness of fishery resources and habitat protection.

These funds are part of the government’s $5.8 billion Federal Infrastructure investment announced in November 2014 that will continue to build and renew existing infrastructure and important assets across the country.

As part of the Federal Infrastructure Initiative, $183 million is being invested for the repair, life extension, and procurement of vessels and small craft for the Canadian Coast Guard and Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

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