Backgrounder: Government of Canada and Prince Edward Island fund projects to boost innovation and productivity in the aquaculture and processing sector


August 2019

Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Province of Prince Edward Island are pleased to announce funding of $6,979,864 for fifteen organizations through the Atlantic Fisheries Fund.

The funding will help adopt new technologies and equipment to improve the productivity and sustainability of the aquaculture sector in the province.



Project description

Total project cost

AFF funding

Prince Edward Island Aquaculture Alliance Inc.

Prince Edward Island

To deliver a three year funding program to oyster growers for the adoption of new equipment and processes in farm operations. PEIAA will also deliver educational sessions and workshops.



Halibut PEI


To help establish a reliable supply chain that would support the development of a viable halibut aquaculture industry. The project funding will support research and development into husbandry techniques, a breeding program and shipping methods to improve the supply of 5 gram juveniles for grow-out.



Aaron Sweet

Foxley River

To construct an off-grid floating oyster nursery to increase production.



Wallace Shellfish Inc


For the adoption of new equipment for oyster farming operations, such as a work platform, tumbler, washing station, and paddlewheel floating upweller system.



Coles' Mussel Farm Ltd.


To adopt new equipment to improve the mussel socking process that will make better use of the spat available and reduce labour requirement.



J.P. Oysters Ltd.


For the adoption and adaptation of equipment—the construction of a self-contained upweller system—to improve the company’s oyster farming operations.



Atlantic Aqua Farms Ltd.

North Rustico

To convert an existing building into a land-based oyster nursery.



Hackett’s Golden Oysters Ltd.

Conway Narrows

To construct and outfit an oyster grading platform that will enable the company to process oysters on the water, saving on labour costs and improving product quality.



Oyster Cage Commander Inc.

Milton Station

To adopt new equipment that will enable the company to provide cost effective and efficient services to oyster farm operators. 



Cascumpec Seed Oyster Inc.

Cascumpec Bay

To conduct research into various methods optimize production of single seed hatchery produced oysters



Raspberry Point Oyster Co Inc.


To adopt an oyster wash and processing facility. The new facility will increase processing capacity by improving efficiency, and support an increase in oyster production.



North Rustico

To acquire new oyster holding and depuration equipment for a new processing facility in North Rustico, PEI.  The new facility will use salt water wells and provide holding and depuration for approximately 600,000 oysters. 



Brackley Bay Oyster Company Inc.

West Covehead

To purchase equipment to store, pack and ship oysters to domestic and international markets for its new oyster processing facility. 



Leslie Hardy &Sons Ltd.


To purchase oyster holding pods and an automatic oyster bagger.  This will improve the harvesting and storage of oysters. 



North Shore Oyster Co. Inc.

Fortune Cove

To adopt new equipment for an oyster wash and processing facility in Fortune Cove,  PEI.  The new facility will increase processing capacity by improving efficiency, and support an increase in oyster production by providing wash and grade services to over 250 growers.   



Cascumpec Bay Oyster Co.


To adopt a wet storage system for oysters.  The new system will contribute to an improved productivity, competitiveness, and sustainability of the oyster industry.  The equipment will help supply markets year-round and eliminate supply issues
due to river closures. 



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