Campaign aims to tackle advance of aquatic invasive specie

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The provincial government has partnered with the aquaculture industry to increase awareness of aquatic invasive species that could impact the province’s shellfish industry.

The aquatic invasive species awareness project is being delivered by the P.E.I. Aquaculture Alliance through funding from the P.E.I. Atlantic Shrimp Corporation and the Department of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development.

The campaign will focus on educational materials such as a website, handouts, posters and signs to build awareness on invasive species. The project is also funding presentations at various events, including boat shows, to talk with boaters about ways to prevent the spread of invasive species.

Aquaculture Minister Ron MacKinley says the shellfish industry is an important sector for P.E.I., employing more than 3,000 Islanders and contributing more than $80 million to the provincial economy.

“Our shellfish industry has been impacted by aquatic invasive species such as the green crab and tunicates. Educating users of our waterways is an important step in slowing the spread of invasive species that are here now and preventing new pests from being introduced to our waters.”

Ann Worth, executive director of the P.E.I. Aquaculture Alliance, says it is crucial that the industry spearheads projects on subjects of high importance for aquaculture.

“Protecting our waters from invasive species transfer and introduction is important work. We have a world class mussel, oyster and finfish industry that thrives in part because of our ability to manage and protect our water environment,” she said.

Organizations: P.E.I. Aquaculture Alliance, P.E.I. Atlantic Shrimp, Department of Fisheries Rural Development

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