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January 19, 2009
QUÉBEC CITY – The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, has announced that the Canadian Coast Guard plans to establish a new lifeboat station at Kegaska, on the Lower North Shore.
Kegaska was chosen as the site for a new lifeboat station in a seven-stage selection process, which included a study of search and rescue coverage between Havre-Saint-Pierre and Blanc-Sablon. The assessment took into account the fishing activities that take place in the area as well as a variety of operational considerations. The Canadian Coast Guard will begin discussions with Kegaska officials and stakeholders in order to finalize plans for the station.
"Given the intensive commercial fishing activities and the pleasure boat and ship traffic that characterize the area, Kegaska is a strategic location for a Canadian Coast Guard lifeboat station," stated Minister Shea. "Furthermore, this will allow us to consolidate our coverage in this critical sector of the Gulf of St. Lawrence."
The CCGS Cap Percé, a state-of-the-art 14.7-metre vessel, will be assigned to the Kegaska station, joining the six lifeboats already present in the area: Havre-Saint-Pierre, Rivière-au-Renard and Cap-aux-Meules in Quebec; Shippagan in New Brunswick; and Lark Harbour and Port au Choix in Newfoundland.
The Canadian Coast Guard expects the new lifeboat station to be operational in 2009.
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