Seafood sector is making waves on PEI
The seafood sector is PEI’s third largest industry, employing close to 9,000 people. The sector’s economic value to the province is almost $300 million per year.
by Stella Shepard
The PEI Seafood Processors Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing advocacy, training, and marketing support to PEI. The association acts as a liaison on behalf of seafood processors with both provincial and federal governments, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, and other regulatory bodies that affect the seafood processing sector.
“Last year there were over 400 job vacancies in seafood processing across the Island,” says Dennis King, Executive Director.
“The number is expected to increase during the 2015 season due to the aging of the Island’s workforce and greater restrictions to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.
“The needs are diverse, ranging from line workers to quality control managers.
“Jobs range in length from six to 10 months in the lobster processing sector.”
Fisheries on Prince Edward Island – Hiring practices
Acadian Supreme Inc., Wellington
Atlantic Aqua Farms, Orwell Cove
Beach Point Processing Company, Beach Point
Fisheries and Ocean Canada, Tignish
North Lake Fisheries Inc., North Lake
PEI Mussel King, Morell
Royal Stars Foods, Jude’s Point
Seafood 2000 Ltd., Georgetown
South Shore Seafood Ltd., Bloomfield
Western Custom Traps, Tignish
About the PEI seafood sector
- 4,150 commercial fishers
- 1,300 inshore fishing vessels
- 1,261 licensed lobster fishers
- 42 provincially licensed and federally registered export plants
- 17 major shellfish shippers
- Lobster: the spring season runs from May to June, and produces about 80 percent of the harvest. The fall season runs from mid-August to mid-October. PEI lobster companies produce a wide range of value- added products exported worldwide. PEI produces almost 20 percent of Canadian lobsters.
- Snow crab is the most important commercial crab species in eastern Canada.
- Rock crab is harvested April to October.
- Atlantic mackerel fishing season runs from June to December.
- The Bluefin tuna fishery is a commercial and sport industry. North Lake is known as the Tuna Capital of the World. Bluefin tuna is marketed globally.
- Herring fishing season runs from May to October.
- Smelt fishing season runs from October to February. Smelts are exported fresh and frozen to major markets in North America and Asia.
- Silversides fishing season runs from October to December. Most of the catch is sold as bait and zoo food.
- Irish moss is a perennial sea plant harvested along the shore line. The season runs from
June to October.(source: PEI Seafood Guide)
|For more information about the Fisheries sector on PEI, visit www.peispa.com.|
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