More than 1,000 fishers and aquaculturists are involved in the oyster industry. The Island industry is unique in that the oyster harvest comes from the public fishery and from a new and developing cultured oyster industry.
PEI is the second largest oyster-producing province in Canada and the largest oyster producer in Atlantic Canada.
Most of the oysters are harvested from rivers, bays and estuaries in western PEI. In 2017, 3,828 tonnes of oysters were harvested at a landed value of $13.5 million.
PEI cultured oysters are harvested all year round.
Jobs in the oyster industry:
- Collecting spat by putting collectors into the water
- Harvesting spat and removing seed
- Oyster grow-out: placing bags filled with oyster seed into a floating cage or attaching to lines held by wooden stakes
- Maintenance: periodically pulling cages out of water to dry and to remove algae.
- Line workers/oyster graders
- Boat crew
- 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.