Dredging at Glace Bay Small Craft Harbour, Cape Breton County, NS

The Small Craft Harbours Branch of Fisheries and Oceans Canada proposes to undertake dredging at Glace Bay Harbour, located in the town of Glace Bay, Nova Scotia. The proposed work will involve dredging of the area between the north breakwater and the training wall to -2.5 m below chart datum, for an approximate removal of 3,700 m3 of material. The project will also involve maintenance dredging of two sections of the entrance channel to -4.0 m below chart datum (Area A) and -3.0 m below chart datum (Area B) which will result in the removal of approximately 6,825 m3 of material.  Dredge areas A and B were previously dredged in 2016 where as the area between the north breakwater and the retaining wall has not been dredged previously.

The method of dredging would be determined by the successful contractor. Land-based dredging could be carried out from an excavator working off the shoreline or marginal service area. Dredging could also be carried out from an excavator working off a temporary rock access road which would be removed at the end of the project. Dredging may also occur from an excavator working off a floating barge. Dredge material will be disposed of at the federal containment facility located in Lingan, NS.

Latest update

Notice of Determination

July 15, 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
Email: chyann.kirby@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

  • Location

    • Glace Bay Harbour (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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