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.

Latest update

Notice of Determination

June 16, 2021 – Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Small Craft Harbours has issued its Notice of Determination after evaluation of the project and has determined that the project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects with mitigation measures as outlined in their evaluation and can therefore proceed.



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

  • Location

    • Cape Sable Island (Nova Scotia)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Ports and Harbours
  • Assessment Status

  • 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


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