The Harbour Authority Bulletin is aimed at providing a direct line of communication between the Small Craft Harbour Program and Harbour Authorities. Follow this link to consult past issues of the Harbour Authority Bulletin.
Latest Issue - No. 24, June 2013
Small Craft Harbours Data Collection Exercise
The Small Craft Harbours Program is undertaking a comprehensive data collection exercise involving all of its harbours across the country. The data being collected includes information about the condition and use of the harbour assets, Harbour Authority profiles, and data about trends in the fishery.
A lot of information is already available but it needs to be updated to reflect the current state of affairs and reviewed to ensure that each region is recording and interpreting information in a consistent manner.
We believe that this information will be useful to both the Program and to Harbour Authorities. A good understanding of the current and evolving needs of the commercial fishing industry and other emerging sectors is essential for effective planning and management of harbours in the future. It will help provide a basis for ensuring the long-term sustainability of the Program.
Some of you may have already been involved in a pilot project that was carried out by Small Craft Harbours during the fall and winter 2012/13. The pilot project was used to test the data collection strategy for the comprehensive exercise that we are now undertaking. It involved collecting information at approximately 50 harbours across Canada. This information was analyzed and validated to ensure its usefulness, completeness and consistency among regions.
We are now ready to apply our data collection strategy to all harbours across the country. This work will be carried out over the coming year and, while much of the information will come from within the department, the help of Harbour Authorities is key to making it complete.
As we move forward with this initiative, our regional staff will be in contact with you and your Harbour Authority colleagues to collect the information necessary to support this work. In the interim, please feel free to contact your regional Small Craft Harbours office if you have any questions
Thank you for your continued collaboration. We wish you all a safe and pleasant summer!
The Bulletin is available online at http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/sch-ppb/bulletin/latest-dernier-eng.htm.
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