The cultivated finfish industry provides year round employment for Islanders.
The finfish aquaculture sector on PEI has three freshwater hatcheries involved in salmonid production. In addition, there is one grow-out operation for halibut. Salmon and rainbow trout hatcheries on PEI supply eggs, fingerlings, fry and smolt for grow-out at sites in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland & Labrador.
There are two Atlantic salmon facilities and one rainbow trout facility. There is also a land-based halibut grow-out facility that supplies the local food service market.
PEI has four research facilities specializing in finfish and shellfish aquaculture: the Atlantic Veterinary College, Aqua Bounty Technologies, Novartis Animal Health, and the Centre for Aquaculture Technologies Canada.
Jobs in the finfish industry
- Line workers
- Truck drivers
- Quality Control
- Administration, Supervisors, Managers
The Prince Edward Island Aquaculture Alliance (PEIAA) is a non-profit organization established in January 1998 as an umbrella organization representing the PEI Cultured Mussel Growers Association, the Island Oyster Growers Group, and the PEI Finfish Association.
For more information, visit www.aquaculturepei.ca.