Service Area Improvements and Floating Wharves Replacement, Skinners Cove Small Craft Harbour, Pictou County, NS

The Small Craft Harbours Branch of Fisheries and Oceans Canada proposes to undertake a service area improvement and floating wharves replacement project at Skinners Cove Harbour, located in Skinners Cove in Pictou County, Nova Scotia. The project will consist of the use of heavy equipment such as excavators and haul trucks working from the shore. The proposed project involves the like for like replacement of the four (4) floating wharves (3 m x 18 m each) currently present at the harbour. The associated strong arms and gangways will also be replaced as a component of this project. The three (3) concrete abutments supporting the wharves are starting to pull away from their base, toward the harbour basin, and are becoming unsafe. The proposed work also includes replacing these abutments with a 60 m long reinforced concrete retaining wall with a base footing set at +1.3 m above low normal tide. The existing rip rap shore protection will be temporarily removed to construct the new retaining wall and then re-established following construction reusing the existing material as well as additional rock as required.

Latest update

Notice of Determination

November 9, 2020 – Fisheries and Oceans Canada- Small Craft Harbours has issued its Notice of Determination after evaluation of the Skinners Cove Small Craft Harbour Service Area Improvements and Floating Wharves Replacement 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

    • Skinners Cove DFO-SCH (Harbour Code #1295) is located in Pictou County, Nova Scotia, and can be accessed from New Road, which egresses off of Skinners Cove West Road. (Nova Scotia)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Ports and Harbours
  • Assessment Status

  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Small Craft Harbours Branch
  • Authorities

    • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


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