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 companies 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
- Island Weigh 95, Inc., PEIs Dockside Monitoring Co., 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
2017 Team Seafood – Island-wide bursary program for students
A bursary program is available for grade 11 & 12 students and college and university students working during the summer months at one of 10 participating seafood processing plants across the province.
Help process the best seafood in the world and earn a bursary for your tuition.” This is the message from Team Seafood, a government-run program in partnership with 10 PEI seafood processing plants.
High schools students who work over 250 hours at a participating seafood processing plant will be awarded a $500 bursary. Post-secondary students who work over 500 hours will receive a $1,000 bursary.
To apply – 3 easy steps:
Step 1: Apply today to a seafood processing plant near you. When hired, apply for the bursary through the company.
Step 2: Work hard all summer for a competitive wage with overtime opportunities.
Step 3: Receive a $500 bursary if you are in grade 11 or grade 12 as of March 2017.
Receive a $1,000 bursary if you returning to college or university in September 2017.
2017 Hiring opportunities with PEI aquaculture & seafood processors
PEI’s aquaculture and fisheries industries offer job opportunities in many communities across PEI, and they are looking to hire people for a variety of roles. The Employment Journey on PEI contacted a number of industry employers across the Island to ask about job opportunities this year. Most seafood processing plant jobs start in April or May, but most aquaculture plants are open year-round. Apply as soon as possible!
The following employers provided contact information:
South Shore Seafoods Ltd.
6 Foy Road, Rosebank, West Prince
Contact: David L. Dalton, Plant Manager
Beach Point Processing Company
75 Wharf Lane, Beach Point, Murray Harbour
Phone: 902-962-4340 / 902-962-2030
Contact: Debbie Buell, Payroll Clerk
A free bus service for employees runs daily from Charlottetown and Montague to Beach Point
Seafood 2000 Ltd.
Contact: Jeanne Dobbin, Production Supervisor
Search Seafood 2000 Ltd. on Facebook
Captain Cooke’s Seafood Inc.
Attention: Thane Cooke
Simpson Aqua Ventures Ltd
3396 Savage Harbour Road, Route 128, Savage Harbour
Contact: Jason Simpson, Owner
Belle River Enterprises Ltd.
Dean Hancock, Manager
12 Waterview Lane, Belle River
Phone: 902.962.2248 / 902.659.2385
Summerside Seafood Supreme Inc.
105 Queen’s Wharf, Summerside
Contact: Lenus Bungay, General Manager
Job titles in the aquaculture industry:
- Boat Crew/Worker/Helper/Mussel Socker
- Plant/Processing/Production Worker, including Graders, Strippers, Packers and Baggers
- Research and Development Scientists
- Machine/Heavy Equipment Operator
- Maintenance Worker/Manager
- Plant/Production Supervisor
- Hatchery/Fish Farm Worker Technician
- Administrative Workers
- Quality Control
- Boat Captain/Operator
Job titles in the Fishery industry:
- Operations Manager
- Production Manager
- Parts Manager
- Port Captain
- Port Manager
- Forklift Operator
- Quality Control
- Night Sanitation Crew
- Production Line Worker
- Plant Custodian
- Product Manager
For more information about the Fisheries sector on PEI, visit www.peispa.com. Contact the Prince Edward Island Aquaculture Alliance at 902-368-2757.
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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