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    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.

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    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.

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    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).

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    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.

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