Seafood Sector Worth $1.2 Billion Annually to P.E.I. Economy
‘We’re in a good position as a province,’ says Minister
The seafood industry continues to be a driving force for the Prince Edward Island economy, powered by the production of mussels and oysters and the commercial lobster fishery.
According to the PEI Seafood Sector Economic Contribution Study released in October 2021, the economic value of the P.E.I. seafood industry in 2019 had a combined economic impact of $1.2 billion to the Island’s economy.
“That’s a huge ...
P.E.I. Fishermen Asking for Early Opening in LFA 26A and Flexibility in LFA 24
Conservation concerns with fishing into July have prompted Prince Edward Island lobster fishermen in lobster fishing area (LFA) 26A to vote in favour of moving the season opening date ahead four days to April 26 with the season closing four days earlier than usual.
The online vote held in December was organized by the P.E.I. Fishermen’s Association (PEIFA) following the season review meeting of the PEIFA LFA 26A Lobster Advisory Committee.
Concerns were raised around additional handling ...
Record-Setting Lobster Prices Continuing into Fall on P.E.I.
With record shore prices, strong landings and available plant labour until the end of the season, the lobster fishery has been a good news story on P.E.I. in 2021.
With more than a month to go in the LFA 25 fishery which closes Oct. 10, “landings have been holding strong,” said Molly Aylward, the new executive director of the P.E.I. Fishermen’s Association (PEIFA).
In early September, fishermen were fetching $8 to $8.50/pound for canners and $9 to $9.50 for market size. The price is ...
Full Production of P.E.I-Manufactured Alternative Bait Expected by October
Above: Wally MacPhee and Mark Prevost, founders of Bait Masters in Nine Mile Creek, P.E.I., plan to begin full production of their alternative bait product this fall. Contributed photo
A Prince Edward Island company has plans to be in full production of an alternative bait product for the lobster and snow crab fisheries by this October.
Bait Masters was founded by Mark Prevost and Wally MacPhee of Nine Mile Creek, P.E.I. Prevost was a commercial fisherman, while MacPhee ...
Big Catches, Record Shore Prices in P.E.I. Lobster Fishery
It’s been a banner year so far for the lobster industry on Prince Edward Island.
The landings have been solid, the shore price record-setting and processors have been able to secure an adequate workforce.
“We got our labour and we got our labour on time,” said Jerry Gavin, executive director of the P.E.I. Seafood Producers Association.
Gavin said there were some challenges in getting temporary foreign workers to Canada this year. Workers from Mexico and the Caribbean had to be ...
Long on Fish Tales, Short on Facts
Cooper Institute Distorts the Story in P.E.I.’s Lobster Industry
As advocates for Prince Edward Island’s seafood processors, we feel compelled to respond to the recently released Safe at Work, Unsafe at Home: COVID-19 and Temporary Foreign Workers in Prince Edward Island by the Charlottetown-based Cooper Institute.
Its authors used questionable methodology to promote simplistic solutions and to disparage the reputation of our members.
Over the last decade, acute labour ...
Application Process Open for Relinquishing 4RST Groundfish Licenses
The Prince Edward Island Fishermen’s Association (PEIFA) is once again offering Island fishermen a financial incentive to relinquish their 4RST fixed gear groundfish licence.
The PEIFA 4RST Fixed Gear Groundfish Rationalization Program “was the vision of the late Tony Carter who sat on both the PEIFA Groundfish Advisory Board as well as our PEIFA Board of Directors,” said Jennifer Dewland administration and funding coordinator for the PEIFA via email.
“Tony always looked at the ...
Industry Cautiously Optimistic as P.E.I. Lobster Fishery Readies to Open
There is cautious optimism from both harvesters and processors as the start of the spring lobster fishery on Prince Edward Island nears.
“I think we’re going to be in a better position than we were May 1st last year when there was so much uncertainty,” said Gerry Gavin, executive director of the P.E.I. Seafood Producers Association in an interview.
“If you look at where we were last year, there was so much uncertainty and discussions if there should even be a season.”
P.E.I. Industry Hoping to Build off New and Existing Support Programs
There is continued optimism in Prince Edward Island’s seafood industry.
While the COVID-19 pandemic-induced uncertainty and restrictions were a cause for concern at the beginning of 2020 for aquaculture, fisheries and seafood processing sectors in Prince Edward Island, “we feel that industry worked hard and made proper adjustments to mitigate damage and find success,” said Jamie Fox, Minister of Fisheries and Communities in a statement to The Navigator.
“I want to recognize all ...
The Tignish Lobster Trap Tree of Hope
Photos courtesy of Town of Tignish
Ruby Arsenault is very proud of the Tignish, Prince Edward Island lobster trap tree.
“When you drive by it’s like the tree of hope,” she said in an interview.
The first lobster trap Christmas tree was erected in 2018. “We lost two individuals in the fall fishing (season) so it went up that Christmas in memory of them and all other fishermen lost at sea,” said Arsenault.
Another tree was built last Christmas in memory of another ...