The seafood processing industry has long been an important component of the economy of Prince Edward Island. In 2010, more than 124 million pounds of marine resources were harvested with the landed value in excess of $122 million.
The export of fish products accounts for more than 35 per cent of the province's shipments to international markets. Prince Edward Island has approximately 4,150 commercial fishermen, 749 aquaculturists, 1,225 licensed lobster fishermen and 1,300 inshore fishing vessels. The province has 42 provincially licensed and federally registered export plants and 17 major shellfish shippers. In the peak of production the industry employs as many as 8,500 people.
The Province of Prince Edward Island is Canada's smallest and greenest province. Cradled on the waves of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Prince Edward Island is known for some of finest seafood in the world.
The people of Prince Edward Island take pride in the seafood produced in the pristine Island environment, surrounded by miles of sandy beaches and red sandstone cliffs. There is a proud Island tradition of offering only the best in seafood products, sustainably produced in a quality environment, harvested and processed with care. Whether harvested from the sea or produced through aquaculture, Prince Edward Island seafood products are renowned for their distinctive flavour and excellent quality
Prince Edward Island fisheries are regulated and monitored by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO).
The Prince Edward Island Department of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development (DFARD) regulates and monitors provincial licensing for processing plants, fish buyers and fish peddlers. In order to export seafood and fish from Prince Edward Island processing plants must be federally registered with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Prince Edward Island fisheries are managed by harvesting seasons and fishing methods along with management plans and quotas on certain species.
Barley ( Hordeum vulgare L.) is a major cereal grain. Important uses include use as animal feed, as a source of fermentable material for beer and certain distilled beverages, and as a component of various health foods. It is used in soups and stews, and in barley bread of various cultures. Barley grains are commonly made into malt in a traditional and ancient method of preparation. There are approximately 62,400 acres of barley grown on PEI annually.Read More
PEI Beef has been receiving rave reviews from top chefs and butchers in Canada. Beef refers to meat derived from dressed carcasses of bovine animals having a warm weight of 150 kgs or more. It may be derived from male or female animals.Read More
Lowbush blueberry fruit is rich in antioxidant compounds that fight free radicals that are associated with cancer, heart disease and premature aging and are high in vitamin C, manganese and fibre. Most of the lowbush blueberry crop is sent to processing plants to be frozen using Individually Quick Freezing (IQF) technology. The berries may then be sold frozen or further processed into products such as pies, yogurt, ice cream, jams and syrups. Less than 5% is sold fresh at local markets. (Source: AAFC Crop Profile for Lowbush Blueberry in Canada, 2011)Read More
Cabbage is a popular cultivar of the species Brassica oleracea (Capitata Group) of the family Brassicaceae (or Cruciferae) and is a leafy green vegetable.Read More
There are two types of canola grown in PEI, Brassica napus and Brassica campestris. Canola seeds are used to produce edible oil suitable for consumption by humans and livestock. The oil is also suitable for use as biodiesel.Read More
Carrots (Daucus carota) are a root vegetable, usually orange in colour, though purple, red, white, and yellow varieties exist. It has a crisp texture when fresh. The most commonly eaten part of a carrot is a taproot, although the greens are edible as well.Read More
Onions (Allium cepa), also known as the bulb onion, common onion and garden onion, are normally available in yellow, red, and white varieties on PEI. Onions are a cool season crop - ideal for PEI.Read More
Parsnips (Pastinaca sativa) are a root vegetable related to the carrot. Parsnips resemble carrots, but are paler in colour than most carrots, and have a sweeter taste, especially when cookedRead More
PEI is well known for Potato Production and annually produces around 25 million hundredweight (cwt) of potatoes annually. The potato is a starchy, tuberous crop from the perennial Solanum tuberosum of the Solanaceae family. There are many varieties grown on PEI for table use, processing and seed. These include Russet Burbanks, Round Whites, Reds, Yellows, Blues and Fingerlings.Read More
Rutabagas (Brassica napus Napobrassica group) are closely related to cole crops. Both white and yellow fleshed varieties exist. The rutabaga root consists of both true root and true stem. The upper portion of the stem forms a neck, distinguishing rutabagas from turnipsRead More
The soybean (Glycine max) is a species of legume which has numerous uses. PEI farmers grow food grade, livestock grade and identify preserved soybeans for domestic and international markets.Read More
Turnips (Brassica rapa Rapifera group) are closely related to Chinese cabbage and mustards. It is a biennial but is cultivated as an annual. Turnips have a white or yellow fleshed root generally with a flattened globe shape.Read More