The Aquaculture industry on PEI includes growing and harvesting farmed seafood, including shellfish and finfish. Aquaculture also drives a thriving processing, packing, shipping, and export industry.
The Canadian Council of Fisheries and Aquaculture Ministers report, Aquaculture Development Strategy 2016 – 2019, says the following:
Aquaculture now supplies more than 50 percent of the global demand for fish and seafood, and predictions are for demand to increase by seven percent annually. Aquaculture is a major contributor to rural and coastal communities across the country, often in areas where few economic opportunities currently exist. To learn more, click here
The Seafood Processors Association notes the seafood processing sector employs close to 9,000 people. The members provide local markets for thousands of fishing operations and jobs for thousands of people on the Island.
Work PEI, in collaboration with members of the PEI Seafood Processors Association, has launched a new employment portal for seafood processing jobs at www.workpei.ca/opsi. “This is the best place for students looking for employment opportunities in seafood, because it will send their applications directly to employers in their chosen regions who are hiring,” says Jordan Bober, PEI Farm Team and Team Seafood.
The message is that the jobs most often run from May until December. Mussel and oyster production is year-round, and companies often offer benefits. More females are getting into these industries. Students can earn a good amount of money during the summer and during the school year because of the many hours of work available, and wages are increasing a bit each year.
Bursaries offered to encourage students to work in the seafood and agriculture sectors, click here
To further explore a career in aquaculture on PEI:
For a list of seafood companies, visit www.teamseafood.ca/processingcompanies
For a list of mussel producers, visit www.aquaculturepei.com/musselproducers.php
For a list of oyster producers, visit www.aquaculturepei.com/oysterproducers.php
For a list of finfish producers, visit www.aquaculturepei.com/finfishproducers.php
Aquaculture on Prince Edward Island – Company hiring practices
|Those looking for work in the aquaculture industry may submit a resumé to [email protected] . These are distributed to Aquaculture Alliance members.
Employers can sign on to this list by e-mailing Check out the latest news in the aquaculture industry at the Alliance’s News Centre [email protected] .
For more information, contact the Prince Edward Island Aquaculture Alliance at 902-368-2757. Visit www.aquaculturepei.com.
Check out the latest news in the aquaculture industry at the Alliance’s Media Centre http://www.aquaculturepei.com/whats_new.php.
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