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Archway will serve as shrine to fishing industry

By Don Fennell

Published 1:35 PST, Thu December 19, 2019

An archway at the entrance to the Steveston Harbour Authority will serve as a shrine to commercial fishing in the community.

The City of Richmond will contribute $50,000 (the remaining two-thirds of the $150,000 cost to be shared by the Steveston Harbour Authority and Musqueam) to the proposed sign expected to be installed by the end of February at Sixth Avenue.

Steveston Harbour Authority board of directors Robert Kiesman and Cheryl Muir first presented the concept to the city at Richmond’s Sept. 25, 2018 parks, recreation and cultural services meeting. 

The harbour authority expects the sign to also help promote the fishing industry; stamp the site for fishing-related development (as required by its mandate); produce a collaborative; positive project that reflects the interlocking relationships between governments, industry, public and First Nations in Steveston; and act as a catalyst for the additional fishing-based capital projects at the Gulf of Georgia site.

The largest fishing harbour on the West Coast, it has been the hub of commercial fishing activity in Steveston since the turn of the century. Tall ships from around the world could be found in the harbour to load salmon for international markets. 

Today, the harbour is home to more than 500 commercial fishing vessels and encompasses over 17.5 hectares.

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