Industries – Mussels
The Prince Edward Island mussel industry is Canada’s top producer and exporter of rope cultured blue mussels. PEI has earned its reputation for high quality standards based on the diligence and pride of Island growers, processors and industry stakeholders.
- More than 44 million pounds (20,307 tonnes) of mussels were produced last year.
- PEI accounts for approximately 80 per cent of Canadian mussel production.
- PEI’s aquaculture industry contributes approximately $60 million to the Island economy, with more than $11 million paid in salaries annually.
The result is a mussel renowned worldwide for its superior flavour and consistent high quality. This is assured by the industry’s advanced technology and through joint shellfish monitoring programs conducted by the provincial and federal governments. This commitment to quality ensures that PEI mussels remain a universally recognised product with a major share in the world marketplace.
PEI Mussel Processors
ATLANTIC AQUA FARMS
For over 35 years, Atlantic Aqua Farms and their Canadian Cove brand mussels have set the highest standard of quality in the North American mussel industry.
PRINCE EDWARD AQUA FARMS
Prince Edward Aqua Farms in New London, PEI has been processing top quality shellfish since 1989. Their Island Gold Blue Mussels are enjoyed in homes and in fine dining establishments across North America and beyond. From home cooks to culinary chefs, Island Gold blue mussels are a favourite as they are so easy to prepare and even easier to enjoy.
W & R FISHERIES
W & R Fisheries is a family operation located in historic Georgetown where the Three Rivers meet. Since the early 1980’s, we have been supplying restaurants, retailers and consumers with fresh PEI fish, mussels, oysters, and clams. Our new mussel processing plant was built in 2015 and is registered by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and is on the US Food and Drug Agency Shellfish Shippers List. Our products are delivered to the plant by boat to ensure they are the freshest possible and we follow a strict Quality Management Program.