BIDEFORD – P.E.I.’s Fisheries Department will spend $100,000 to help the Island shellfish industry.
Oysters harvested from Bedeque Bay. Colin MacLean/Journal Pioneer
In a statement issued Wednesday, Fisheries Minister Ron MacKinley said the money will be used to develop publically fished shellfish beds.
“The oyster fishery is an important economic driver for rural Prince Edward Island with more than 1,000 Islanders employed in the industry,” said MacKinley. “This investment will enhance public beds to ensure the sustainability of the industry and help meet the growing demand for Prince Edward Island oysters in national and international markets.”
The department is partnering with the Prince Edward Island Shellfish Association to carry out projects, including the collection and growth of oyster seed in the Bideford River and the spreading of oyster seed to expand oyster beds across Prince Edward Island.
The association also has plans to expand the population of oyster broodstock in the Bideford River, which is an important seed collection area.
“The P.E.I. Shellfish Association does excellent work ensuring the sustainability and growth of the industry. It is important that we work together to ensure the industry remains strong,” said MacKinley.
The department is providing labour support for the Shellfish Enhancement Program.