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  • PEI Aquaculture Alliance Shoreline Beach Clean-up Collects More Than 15 Metric Tonnes of Material

    (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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  • Call for Volunteers to Help with the PEI Shellfish Festival

    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.



    For more details or to ask questions, call Sharon at 902-368-2757 or email peiaqua@aquaculturepei.com.



  • Applications Now Being Accepted for Executive Director

    The Executive Director reports to the PEIAA Board and is responsible for leading the organization and staff.  The position requires demonstrated written communication and presentation skills, and an ability to maintain multiple stakeholder relationships, as well as, strong project management and financial abilities.  Knowledge of the PEI aquaculture industry would be considered an asset.Read More >
  • PEI Aquaculture Alliance Shoreline Beach Clean-up, June 25-27, 2015

    (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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  • 2nd Annual PEI Aquaculture Alliance Beach Shoreline Cleanup

    (Charlottetown, PE, June 2, 2015) - The PEI Aquaculture Alliance is again leading an effort to clean the shorelines in bays and estuaries throughout the province of debris where aquaculture is practised from June 26-27, 2015. Read More >
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Industry News

  • Atlantic Canada Seafood Menu: Sustainable Catch Served at Cuisine Cuisine at The Mira

    20 August 2015, Hong Kong: For a limited time in September, Michelin-recommended

    Chinese restaurant of The Mira Hong Kong, Cuisine Cuisne, will be serving a jet-fresh menu of

    sustainable Atlantic Canada Seafood prepared with respect of traditional cooking techniques

    and the restaurant’s signature, contemporary twist.

  • Atlantic Canada Seafood Menu: Sustainable Catch Served at Cuisine Cuisine at The Mira

    20 August 2015, Hong Kong: For a limited time in September, Michelin-recommended

    Chinese restaurant of The Mira Hong Kong, Cuisine Cuisne, will be serving a jet-fresh menu of

    sustainable Atlantic Canada Seafood prepared with respect of traditional cooking techniques

    and the restaurant’s signature, contemporary twist.

    Atlantic Canada Seafood Menu: Sustainable Catch Served at Cuisine Cuisine at The Mira

  • Joint Meeting Held to Develop Stronger Relationship

    (Stratford, PE, August 10, 2015) - The Prince Edward Island Aquaculture Alliance and Town of Stratford representatives recently held a meeting to discuss the Stratford Waste Water Treatment Plant and related concerns from activities in recent months.  Both parties agree that the meeting was productive and positive, building a stronger future relationship between the two organizations.

    “We were pleased to have the opportunity to sit with the Prince Edward Island Aquaculture Alliance and have an open conversation over recent events” commented Mayor David Dunphy.  “Meetings such as this are key to ensuring ongoing relationships with our partners are positive and provide an opportunity to come together in a constructive manner, to share information and to listen to each other”.

    The Town of Stratford assured representatives from the Prince Edward Island Aquaculture Alliance that it has been working very closely with the installers of the Blue Frog system who are committed to solving the issues experienced this past spring at the Waste Water Treatment Plant.  Adjustments have been made to improve the treatment process including modifications to a discharge pipe connecting the two cells, adding a natural chemical to the system, and having Blue Frog technicians on site to monitor the changes and results. The meeting also gave the Town an opportunity to update the Alliance on the long-term options for its waste water treatment plant.

    “We remain confident that this system will work for the Town of Stratford” added Mayor Dunphy. “The Blue Frog installers are continuing to work with our staff to ensure the system is operating effectively.  They have also committed to being on site next spring when turnover events begin to monitor the facility much more closely”.

    The Prince Edward Island Aquaculture Alliance used the meeting to reinforce the importance of municipalities demonstrating leadership in environmental stewardship and the high importance of water quality to a variety of stakeholders.  Ann Worth, Executive Director of the Aquaculture Alliance stated “We were pleased to have a very positive meeting with Mayor Dunphy and representatives of his team in discussing past challenges and impacts.  The meeting also provided an opportunity to focus on the future and how the Municipality can address the short and long term opportunities in waste treatment management. We look forward to continued dialogue and cooperation with the Municipality on this important topic.”

    The Prince Edward Island Aquaculture Alliance (PEIAA) was established in January 1998 as an umbrella organization representing the PEI Cultured Mussel Growers Association, the Island Oyster Growers Group, and the PEI Finfish Association. The Alliance is a non-profit association that provides a unified voice on behalf of its 200 plus members, including: mussel, oyster and finfish growers, processors, supporting organizations and supplier companies.

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    Photo cutline: Back: Mayor David Dunphy; Front L-R:  Councillor Gary Clow, Chair of Infrastructure Committee, Jeremy Crosby, Director of Infrastructure, Ann Worth, Executive Director PEI Aquaculture Alliance

    For more information please contact:
    Ann Worth, Executive Director
    Prince Edward Island Aquaculture Alliance
    T:  (902) 368-2757     E:  ed@aquaculturepei.com


    Wendy Watts, Community Engagement Coordinator
    Town of Stratford
    T:  (902) 569-1995     E:  wwatts@townofstratford.ca


  • SEAFOOD FARMERS SUPPORT SENATE CALL FOR A NEW AQUACULTURE ACT

    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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    For more information please contact:

    Ruth Salmon, Executive Director

    Cell: 250-701-1431


     




    SEAFOOD FARMERS SUPPORT SENATE CALL FOR A NEW AQUACULTURE ACT

  • PEI Seafood Industry Heading to Maritime Fisheries Forum in Moncton: Access to Labour is a Key Topic

    (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.

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    “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.

    Contacts:

    Dennis King, Executive Director

    Prince Edward Island Seafood Processor’s Association

    (902) 314-6229 | ed@peisa.com


    Ann Worth, Executive Director

    Prince Edward Island Aquaculture Alliance

    902 368-2757 | ed@aquaculturepei.com


    Ian MacPherson, Executive Director

    Prince Edward Island Fishermen’s Association

    (902) 566-4050 | managerpeifa@pei.eastlink.ca

    PEI Seafood Industry Heading to Maritime Fisheries Forum in Moncton: Access to Labour is a Key Topic

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