About: Agriculture and Fisheries

The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries works to advance Prince Edward Island's primary industries and its approach to food development, production and sales.  The department provides assistance and information to clients and advocates on behalf of the marine fishery and the aquaculture industries to support the development of the fishing industry in a sustainable manner.

Some of the priorities in this mandate are to:

  • Grow and sustain all elements of agriculture, fisheries and aquaculture
  • Protect the environment and resources
  • Develop products that place PEI among the world leaders in food production and innovation

Structure and Employees

Aquaculture and PEI Analytical Laboratories
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The Aquaculture Division conducts a wide spectrum of activities in support of the aquaculture and estuarine shellfishing industries. The role of the division is to provide quality advice, assistance and information to support the sustainable development of both industries.

The division acts as an advocate for the Prince Edward Island aquaculture and shellfishing industries, and participates on a variety of committees with the federal, provincial and territorial governments and industry associations.

The division staff deliver technical and biological services to the shellfish and finfish sectors. Staff work closely with industry members, companies and associations toward resolving biological and technical issues and to address industry priorities. Staff are involved in research and development projects with industry members and other researchers that are focused on addressing priorities of industry.

The division is responsible for the delivery of both financial and technical programs in support of the sustainable development of the both the aquaculture and shellfishery sectors. Programs are designed to support sustainable growth, promote innovation, and support developmental and applied research. The division also is responsible for the delivery of monitoring programs that provide technical information required by industry.

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P.E.I. Analytical Laboratories

This division has responsibilities for delivering high-quality laboratory services.

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Farm Business Risk Management (PEI Agricultural Insurance Corporation)
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Insurance Programs
Safety Net Programs
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Financial Services

This section is responsible to assist departmental leaders and other personnel with the budget process and regular financial reviews. As well, this unit has the overall responsibility for the accounts payable and accounts receivable functions of the department including claiming activities under Federal-Provincial Agreements. On going support is also provided to departmental users of the ORACLE Financial Information System.

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Marine Fisheries, Agri-Food, Seafood and Regulatory
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Agri-food and Seafood Services
Marine Fisheries and Regulatory
Rural Economic Development
Minister's Office
Policy and Agriculture Resources
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Agriculture Industry Development
Policy, Planning and FPT Relations

This section manages the planning, development, and implementation of Departmental policies and provides evidence-based research and policy advice to staff related to the Department’s strategic priorities. The section supports statistical reporting activities, stakeholder engagement, strategic planning, program evaluation, and monitoring activities across the Department. The section manages FPT initiatives and priorities through negotiation, planning, implementation and cooperation on a regional and national basis.

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Sustainable Agriculture

The Sustainable Agriculture Section provides technical assistance to soil conservation and integrated pest management, and encourages more sustainable farm operations. The Agriculture and Environmental Resource Conservation program provides technical and financial assistance for a wide range of on-farm conservation projects to help achieve compliance with environmental protection legislation.

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Minister's Office
(902) 368-4820
(902) 368-4846
Deputy MInister
Administrative Assistant
HR Manager - Agriculture & Fisheries, Health & Wellness and Executive Council
Senior Communications Officer

General Inquiries

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
5th Floor, Jones Building
11 Kent Street,
P.O. Box 2000,
Charlottetown, PEI   C1A 7N8

Phone: (902) 368-4880
Fax: (902) 368-4857

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Agriculture Information Desk
1-866-PEI FARM (734-3276)