Over half the ports in the Atlantic were damaged by Fiona

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More half of the ports in the Atlantic have been damaged by Fiona

This dock was wiped out by Storm Fiona on September 24 in Rose Blanche, southwestern Newfoundland.

The fisheries sector was battered by Hurricane Fiona, which battered Atlantic Canada last Saturday.

Fiona's impact on Atlantic Canada's fishing industry is still being assessed, but the general manager of Victoria Co-operative Fisheries in Nova Scotia already knows it will take almost two million dollars to fix a big seafood processing plant in Neils Harbour.

Osborne Burke says the plant was devastated by hurricane winds and a destructive storm surge last Saturday as Fiona roared over Cape Breton.

Meanwhile, heavy damage to fishing vessels and small craft harbors was reported in Cape Breton, eastern Nova Scotia, Prince Island Edward Island and southwestern Newfoundland.

Cape St. George, Newfoundland and Labrador, September 24, 2022

Earlier this week, the federal fisheries ministry said five of the region's 180 ports were no longer operational and another 99 ports were partially functioning. Twenty other ports would need further assessment.

Fisheries Minister Joyce Murray said she expects the number of unusable ports is increasing as inspections continue.

Some in the industry say they were struck by the fickle nature of the storm, which wreaked havoc in some fishing communities and which has left others nearly unscathed nearby.

With information from La Presse canadienne

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