Breakwater Reconstruction at Finlay Point Small Craft Harbour, Inverness County, NS

The Small Craft Harbours Branch of Fisheries and Oceans Canada proposes to undertake a breakwater reconstruction project at Finlay Point Harbour, located near Mabou in Inverness County, Nova Scotia.  The breakwater reconstruction will consist of the use of heavy equipment such as excavators and haul trucks working from the breakwater as it is being constructed.

The breakwater will be constructed following a sequence of activities including the removal of the existing armour stone which will be salvaged to incorporate in the new design followed by the installation of filter stone and topped with armour stone.  The proposed reconstructed breakwater will have a crest width of 4 meters with a new crest elevation of +5.5 meters.  Depending on the selected construction strategy, this may involve working from a barge to build it up to high water, complete the nose then work back to shore or it may involve working out from the shore without the use of a barge. 

Latest update

Notice of Determination

December 14, 2020 – Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Small Craft Harbours has issued its Notice of Determination after evaluation of the reconstruction of the west breakwater located at Finlay Point Small Craft Harbour 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

    • Finlay Point 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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