(Charlottetown, PE, July 31, 2015) - PEI Aquaculture Alliance Shoreline Beach Clean-up that took place throughout the province in June and July, 2015, saw an expansion in areas covered and more participation from the aquaculture industry and watershed groups. In total, in excess of 15 metric tonnes of material, with a volume exceeding 200 cubic metres, was collected in dumpsters placed at eight wharf sites in estuaries supporting mussel aquaculture. In addition to material removed by watershed organizations and taken directly to Island Waste Management Corporation facilities serving their area.
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Volunteers needed for the PEI Aquaculture Alliance at the PEI International Shellfish Festival, Sept. 18-20 inclusive. To sign up, click and fill out the Volunteer Registration Form.
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(Charlottetown, PE, June 23, 2015) - The PEI Aquaculture Alliance, in partnership with PEI Watershed groups, the Nature Conservancy of Canada, Island Waste Management Corporation, the Departments of Agriculture and Fisheries and Communities, Land and Environment is taking a proactive approach to cleaning up the Island’s beaches and waterways by organizing a Shoreline Beach Clean-up, June 25-27, 2015.
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Canada would emerge as a leader in responsible & sustainable best practices
OTTAWA – Canada’s seafood farmers and the Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance today supported the unanimous recommendations by the Senate Standing Committee of Fisheries and Oceans including the call for a new national Aquaculture Act, the first federal act of its kind in Canada.
“Today’s Senate Report is a significant endorsement of farmed seafood in Canada. We support the call for a National Aquaculture Act. The Act will recognize our seafood producers as farmers. It will also result in an open, accountable and transparent regulatory process and ensure that important environmental safeguards are in place,” said Ruth Salmon, Executive Director of CAIA. “It would allow Canada to emerge as a global leader in sustainable seafood farming.”
Canada is the world’s only major farmed seafood producing country without modern national legislation. The current federal and provincial regulatory system is based on legislation 150 years old. The regime is complex, uncertain and confusing.
“Aquaculture, or farmed seafood, is today among the fastest food producing sectors in the world. It’s healthy and nutritious and accounts for nearly half of all the seafood in the world,” added Ms. Salmon. “Few jurisdictions can match Canada’s natural advantages when it comes to aquaculture — an enormous coastal geography, an abundance of cold, clean water, a favourable climate, a rich marine and fishery tradition, established trade partners and a commitment to protect our environment.”
Aquaculture in Canada today occurs in every province and the Yukon. It accounts for $3.1 billion in economic activity and employs over 15,000 workers. It generates 1/3 of the total value of Canada’s seafood production. A new national federal strategy focused around a new Aquaculture Act would add an additional 17,000 jobs and over $3 billion in additional economic activity, creating a sustainable growth opportunity for rural and aboriginal coastal communities.
The full Senate Report can be found here http://www.parl.gc.ca/Content/SEN/Committee/412/POFO/RMS/12jul15/NewsRelease-e.htm
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Ruth Salmon, Executive Director
(July 24, 2015-Charleottetown) Representatives of Prince Edward Island’s seafood processing, harvesting, and aquaculture sector will be heading to Moncton on July 29th to participate in the Fisheries’ Forum.
The event is being hosted by the Maritime Seafood Coalition, a group of eight seafood industry associations, representing both harvesters and processors that have come together to address issues impacting industry growth in the Maritimes.
The Coalition has invited a cross-section of stakeholders to the Forum, including seafood companies, industry associations, provincial and federal government officials, and provincial and federal politicians.
One of the key issues the forum will address is the challenge the sector faces in expanding exports in light of new trade agreements when companies are being forced to cut the number of temporary foreign workers they can hire.
“Our processors are challenged to meet existing contracts with the labour shortages they face in rural communities. Ramping up production for new markets is just not possible with the current labour supply situation, says Dennis King, Executive Director of the PEI Seafood Processors Association.
The issue of access to workers in rural communities to support the seafood industry is one that concerns both processors and fishers alike.
"The impact of insufficient staff at the plants is reduced economic opportunity for the harvesters. This directly translates into lost revenue in local communities, the province and the country,” says Ian MacPherson, Executive Director of the PEI Fishermen’s Association.
The Coalition hopes that the pending federal election provides an opportunity for the maritime seafood industry to make its case for the kind of policy changes that will allow processors and fishers to benefit.
“As an industry, we know we are much stronger when we stand together to address issues that confront all of us. The Fisheries Forum is the kind of event that allows us to come together and tell a common story on important issues like access to labour,” said Ann Worth Executive Director of the Prince Edward Island Aquaculture Alliance.
Dennis King, Executive Director
Prince Edward Island Seafood Processor’s Association
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Ann Worth, Executive Director
Prince Edward Island Aquaculture Alliance
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Ian MacPherson, Executive Director
Prince Edward Island Fishermen’s Association
Delta Prince Edward Hotel & Convention Centre, Charlottetown, PEI
Program presentation srae now availbale online, please download the attached pdf for links to each presentation.
The sixth year of the Oyster Grower contest which highlights the wonderful oysters being grown on Island oyster farms.
Prizes: 1st $1500, 2nd $750, 3rd $500.
Download, complete and submit the attached rules and registration sheet to enter
2015 Oyster Grower of the Year