Renewed funding for the Shellfish Enhancement Program emphasizes government’s commitment to growing our Island’s primary industries, says Prince Edward Island Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Alan McIsaac.
“Prince Edward Island is recognized around the world for our high quality food products including our Island oysters,” McIssac said.
“It is important that we continue to support our industries to ensure the sustainability of our resource and help meet the growing demand in national and international markets as we continue to build upon Canada’s Food Island.”
The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries is investing $100,000 to the Prince Edward Island Shellfish Association to enhance and develop publicly fished shellfish beds across Prince Edward Island and carry out projects to continue to develop the oyster fishery.
Prince Edward Island is the largest oyster producer in Atlantic Canada and more than 1,000 fishers and aquaculturists are involved in the oyster fishery. In 2014, approximately 7.3 million pounds were landed with a landed value of $9.3 million dollars. Oyster landings are projected to increase over the next several years as is market demand.
“The Island’s shellfish industry is an important sector for economic growth, especially in our rural communities,” McIsaac added.
“The Prince Edward Island Shellfish Association does excellent work ensuring the sustainability and growth of the industry. It is important that we work together to ensure the industry remains strong.”