The fisheries sector on PEI includes all wild-caught aquatic species. The sector concentrates mainly on lobster, and also includes other species. According to the Seafood Processors Association, the industry directly employs over 2,000 people, and indirectly fuels employment in multiple product and service industries. Jobs range in length from six to 10 months in the lobster processing sector.
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/
Jobs most often run from May until December; however, 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.
Fisheries on Prince Edward Island – Company hiring practices
To further explore a career in aquaculture on PEI:
For a list of seafood companies, visit peispa.com/members
For a list of mussel, oyster, and finfish producers, visit www.aquaculturepei.com/about-us/#industries
For more information about the Fisheries sector on PEI:
- PEI Fisherman’s Association Ltd. | www.peifa.org/members
- PEI Seafood Processors Association | www.peispa.com
- Lobster Fishers of PEI Marketing Board | www.lobsterpei.ca
- PEI Department of Fisheries and Communities | www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/topic/fisheries-and-communities
- Fisheries and Oceans Canada | www.dfo–mpo.gc.ca/stats/cfs–spc/tab/cfs–spc–tab2–eng.htm
- Central Northumberland Strait Fishermen’s Association
- Eastern Kings Fishermen’s Association
- North Shore Fishermen’s Association
- Southern Kings and Queens Fishermen’s Association
- Western Gulf Fishermen’s Association
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