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Spirity Cove wharf gets badly need protection

Members of the Spirity Cove Fishermen’s Committee standing over the armor stone behind them included from left, Sam Hoddinott Jr., Jason Plowman, Dawson Diamond, Robert Diamond and chairperson Sam Hoddinott.
Members of the Spirity Cove Fishermen’s Committee standing over the armor stone behind them included from left, Sam Hoddinott Jr., Jason Plowman, Dawson Diamond, Robert Diamond and chairperson Sam Hoddinott. - Contributed

Fishermen’s committee received armor stone funding through Small Craft Harbours

The Spirity Cove Fishermen’s Committee is keeping the old fishing grounds alive, with some financial assistance.

Spirity Cove is located down a long dirt road, between River of Ponds and Hawke’s Bay.

No one lives there year-round anymore, but the federal and provincial governments continue to invest in it and it still services nine boats and about 20 fishermen.

Most recently, the fishermen’s committee received approximately $500,000 from Small Craft Harbours to put in armor stone, 150 feet long and 35 feet wide, around its wharf.

The cove frequently faces strong northeast winds and ice and the wharf has suffered for it over the years.

Sam Hoddinott, the 86-year-old chair of the committee and a former resident of Spirity Cove, says the armor stone will help protect the wharf.

Marine Contractors were tasked with the job, which took five weeks. Hoddinott was pleased with the work they did.

Armor stone surrounds the wharf to protect it from the elements and help keep Spirity Cove alive as a viable fishing ground.
Armor stone surrounds the wharf to protect it from the elements and help keep Spirity Cove alive as a viable fishing ground.

“They’ve done a wonderful job,” he told The Northern Pen.

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Hoddinott also credited Long Range Mountains MP Gudie Hutchings for the interest she took in this project.

He believes she helped facilitate movement on the project.

“If it wasn’t for Gudie, we would have never had it done,” he said. “She had a meeting with us, saw what it was and I think within three weeks we had a call back from her that money was approved.”

However, prior to installing the armor stone, the wharf was damaged by the harsh environmental elements and now they will probably have to look for extra funding to repair it.

About 100 feet will need to be done, Hoddinott says.

stephen.roberts@northernpen.ca

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