Removal of access road and sea wall, and restoration of dune and tidal wetland habitats at Shippagan Gully, Gloucester County, New Brunswick

The proposed work will include the removal of an access road and roadbed restoration, and the removal of a seawall and armour stone protection to restore a tidal wetland habitat and coastal processes.

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Notice of Determination

March 15, 2021 – Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Small Craft Harbours (DFO-SCH) has issued their Notice of Determination after evaluation of the removal of access road and seawall, and restoration of dune and tidal wetland habitat project at Shippagan Gully in Gloucester County, New Brunswick. DFO-SCH has determined that the project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects and can therefore proceed.


This determination was based on a consideration of the following factors:


  • impacts on rights of Indigenous peoples
  • community and Indigenous knowledge
  • comments received from the public
  • technically and economically feasible mitigation measures


Mitigation measures taken into account for this determination are:

  • Limit impacts on fish habitat components to those approved for the works, undertakings and activities.
  • Operate machinery in a manner that minimizes disturbance to the marine environment.
  • Monitor and assess weather forecast on a daily basis to determine the risk of extreme weather. Avoid work during periods for which Environment and Climate Change Canada had issued rainfall, storm surge or other weather warning for the work area.
  • Whenever possible, operate machinery on land above the high water mark, on ice, or from a floating barge in a manner that minimizes disturbance to the banks and bed of a water body.
  • To minimize the possibility of fish habitat contamination and the spread of aquatic invasive species, all construction equipment which will be immersed into the water or has the possibility of coming into contact with such water during the course of the work, must be cleaned and washed to ensure that they are free of marine growth and invasive species prior to mobilization to the site.
  • An Erosion and Sediment Control Plan will be developed and implemented for the work site that will minimize the risk of entry or re-suspension of sediment in a water body during all phases of the work. Erosion and sediment control measures should be maintained until all disturbed ground has been permanently stabilized, suspended sediment has resettled to the bed of the water body or settling basin and runoff water is clear.
  • Regular inspection and reporting details for sediment control measures to ensure they are functioning properly.
  • Ensure that all in-water activities, or associated in-water structures, do not interfere with fish passage, constrict the channel width, or reduce flows.
  • Do not dispose of hazardous wastes (e.g., paints, batteries, cleaners, acids, etc.) including volatile materials (e.g., solvents, mineral spirits, aerosol cans, etc.) and petroleum products on the ground, near or into watercourses, storm or sanitary sewers or in waste landfill sites.  Dispose of hazardous wastes in accordance with applicable federal and provincial, regulations, codes, standards and guidelines.
  • All equipment to be used in or over the marine environment is to be free from leaks or coating of hydrocarbon-based fluids and/or lubricants harmful to the environment.
  • Wash, refuel and service machinery and store fuel and other materials for the machinery in such a way as to prevent any deleterious substances from entering the water.
  • Secure contents against free board spillage when excavating, loading and hauling material, including dredged material.  Do not overload trucks when hauling material and avoid potential release of contents, and of any foreign matter onto highways, roads and access routes used for the work.  Immediately clean any ground spills and soils to extent as directed by authority having jurisdiction.
  • Be diligent and take all necessary precautions to avoid spills and contamination of the soil and water (both surface and subsurface) when handling petroleum products on the site and during fuelling and servicing of vehicles and equipment.
  • Store and handle hazardous materials in accordance with applicable federal and provincial regulations, codes, standards and guidelines.  Store in location that will prevent spillage into the environment.
  • Maintain on site appropriate emergency spill response equipment consisting of at least one 250-litre overpack spill kit for containment and clean-up of spills.
  • In the event of a petroleum spill and release into the environment, stop work and immediately notify the Departmental Representative and the Canadian Coast Guard 24-Hour Environment Emergencies Report System (1-800-565-1633). Contain spill and perform clean-up in accordance with all regulations and procedures stipulated by authority having jurisdiction.
  • Minimize disturbance to all birds on site and adjacent areas during the entire course of the work.
  • Do not use beaches, dunes, coastal wetlands and other natural previously undisturbed areas of the site to conduct work unless specifically approved by the Departmental Representative.
  • Dispose and recycle construction and demolition-related debris and waste materials in accordance with provincial waste management regulations.
  • Dust suppression by the application of water must be employed, when required. Apply dust control measures to roads, parking lots and work areas. The Departmental Representative shall determine locations where water is to be applied, the amount of water to be applied, and the times at which it shall be applied. Waste oil or any other petroleum products must not to be used for dust control under any circumstances.
  • Storage of construction material will be done so to minimize visual impacts (i.e., minimize storage time, limit pile height, etc.) on neighboring properties.
  • All construction personnel will be responsible for reporting any unusual materials unearthing during construction activities to Construction Supervisor. If the find is believed to be an archaeological resource, the Construction Supervisor will immediately stop work in the vicinity of the find and notify the Departmental Representative.
  • Work in the area will be stopped immediately and the New Brunswick Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage – Provincial Archaeological Services will be contacted at 506-453-3115.
  • Work can only resume in the vicinity of the find when authorized by the Departmental Representative, after approval has been granted by the New Brunswick Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage.


Key documents

Key documents
Document Number Document Title File Date
2 Notice of Determination - March 15, 2021
1 End of Public Comment Period - March 15, 2021


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

  • Location

    • Shippagan Gully, Gloucester County (New Brunswick)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Ports and Harbours
  • Assessment Status

  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Small Craft Harbours Branch
  • Authorities

    • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    • Transport Canada
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


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