Prince Edward Island has a strong history in cultured finfish production.
Rainbow trout and salmon enhancement efforts were carried out in the 1920s, while trials to develop commercial finfish operations began in the 1970s.
At the time, research concluded that salmonoid production on PEI was not viable due to conditions in local estuaries, particularly the seasonal water temperature extremes.
Prince Edward Island’s large quantities of high quality groundwater and land-based finfish hatcheries allowed for PEI finfish production to generate more than $4.1 million in the last year
Today, the finfish aquaculture members on PEI consists of five operations. These operations yield:
- Rainbow Trout
- Atlantic Salmon
- Eggs, Fry and Smolts
Island hatchery operations export much of their production to other provinces in Atlantic Canada. This disease-free stock allows other finfish aquaculture businesses in the region to grow healthy finfish to market size. Export levels and product type fluctuate from year to year based on the needs of the New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Nova Scotia grow-out industries.