Breakwater Reconstruction at Skinners Cove Small Craft Harbour, Pictou County, NS

The Small Craft Harbours Branch of Fisheries and Oceans Canada proposes to undertake a breakwater reconstruction project at Skinners Cove Harbour, located in the area of Melville near River John in Pictou County, Nova Scotia. The reconstruction will consist of the use of heavy equipment such as excavators and haul trucks working from the existing breakwater and cribwork wharf structure as it is being reconstructed.


The existing timber crib wharf forming the western side of the east breakwater structure will be demolished and removed. A new timber crib wharf will be constructed in approximately the same footprint with a reinforced concrete slab deck at an elevation of +3.5 meters above chart datum. The new structure will be approximately 47.15 m long and 4.6 m wide, and mooring cleats, ladders and an ice shield will be installed on the northern side. The breakwater structure will be reshaped and extended further into the waterbody, increasing the current footprint by 519 m2. Geotextile will be installed over a core stone base and then overlaid with filter stone and armour stone to a top elevation of +5.5 m. The gravel approach will be raised and reshaped to tie into the new armour stone breakwater. Wherever possible, stone removed during the initial stages of the work will be reinstated on the new structure.


Latest update

Notice of Determination

October 25, 2022 – Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Small Craft Harbours has issued its Notice of Determination after evaluation of the Breakwater Reconstruction at Skinners Cove Small Craft Harbour, Pictou County, NS 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, Maritimes and Gulf Regions
Chyann Kirby, Environmental Advisor
Gulf Fisheries Centre, 343 University Avenue
Moncton, New Brunswick E1C 9B6
Telephone: 506-866-5164

  • Location

    • Skinners Cove SCH is located in Melville, Pictou County, Nova Scotia, and can be accessed by branching from Hwy 6 and following New Road until egressing onto the wharf approach road. (Nova Scotia)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Ports and Harbours
  • Assessment Status

  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Small Craft Harbours
  • Authorities

    • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    • Transport Canada
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


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