Containment Cell Construction at Pleasant Bay, Small Craft Harbour, Inverness, N.S.

The Proposed project at Pleasant Bay Small Craft Harbour in Inverness County, NS includes the construction of a containment cell that will be used to manage dredge material originating from maintenance dredge activities conducted at the harbour required to maintain safe navigation within the channel and harbour basin.The containment cell will be constructed on the east side of the harbour property along the eastern bank of the Grande Anse River.  A rock berm will be constructed connecting the two points of land located near the mouth of the harbour to create a basin within which dredge material will be placed during dredge activities. The berm used to create the containment cell will consist of a layer of core stone, over topped with filter stone, followed by a layer of armour stone.  The berm will have a seaward and leeward slope of 1.5:1.  The overall footprint of the containment cell will be approximately 13,700 m2. The containment cell construction will consist of the use of heavy equipment such as excavators and haul trucks working from the shore and berm as it is being constructed.


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Latest update

End of Public Comment Period

May 27, 2022 – The public comment period on the project is closed. Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Small Craft Harbours is considering comments received to date to inform its determination on whether carrying out of the project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.



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

    • Pleasant Bay Small Craft Harbour is located in the community of Pleasant Bay, Inverness County, on the northwest coast of Cape Breton Island. It is accessible from the Cabot Trail Road, Route 30, via Harbour Road. (New Brunswick)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Ports and Harbours
  • Assessment Status

    In progress
  • 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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