About: Fisheries and Communities

Structure and Employees


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

The section 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.

Section 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 section 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 section also is responsible for the delivery of monitoring programs that provide technical information required by industry.

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Employment Development Agency

The Employment Development Agency supports individuals who are hindered from gaining permanent employment by providing access to training and meaningful work experiences. The agency provides financial support to non-profit organizations, municipalities, public sector departments and private sector companies to stimulate job development and support its clients.

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Marine Fisheries and Seafood Services
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Marine Fisheries and Regulatory Services

Marine Fisheries Section represents the interests of Prince Edward Island fishers within the federal advisory committee process and provides advice, assistance and programs for the commercial fishing industry. This section collaborates with industry, other government departments and agencies on scientific research projects and initiatives to assess the commercial fishery resources. Marine Fisheries coordinates the Lobster Resource Monitoring Program and delivers the Future Fisher Program to the benefit of industry participants.  

Regulatory Services Section manages the development, monitoring, enforcement and collection of information relating to the legislation for which the Department is responsible. The section undertakes the monitoring, management and control of regulated plant diseases, the enforcement of minimum planting standards, virus testing programs, measures related to seafood quality as well as animal health and protection.

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Seafood Services

Seafood Services Section is responsible for the administration of licenses pertaining to processing, buying and peddling under the Prince Edward Island Fisheries Act & Regulations. The section is responsible for gathering, compiling and publishing fisheries information including statistical data relating to the maintenance and development of commercial fishery resources. Additionally, Seafood Services develops, executes, and participates in seafood marketing and promotional activities in collaboration with industry, other government departments and agencies in local, national, and international markets. 

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Minister's Office
Municipal Affairs

The Municipal Affairs Division is the primary contact between:

  • the Government of Prince Edward Island
  • municipalities and 
  • municipal interest groups 

What does the Municipal Affairs Division do for PEI?

The branch provides support to municipalities in the following areas:

  • formation, amalgamation, and other boundary changes
  • elections
  • governance
  • municipal financial management
  • administration and management
  • official plans and land use and subdivision bylaws

The branch collects and maintains information regarding municipal bylaws, financing, boundaries, and a range of other municipal processes.

The branch also oversees the Municipal Support Grant Program, as well as grants for the Federation of Prince Edward Island Municipalities.

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Rural Economic Development

The Rural Economic Development division supports Islanders through community based client service delivery.  This division serves to connect, promote and facilitate growth and prosperity through community planning and capacity building in Rural Prince Edward Island. The division will provide support to rural communities’ strategic economic and regional support projects through the implementation of innovative ideas which aim to enhance development. 

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Agencies, Boards and Commissions

Fisheries and Communities
Minister's Office
Executive Assistant
Bilingual Senior Communications Officer

General Inquiries

Department of Fisheries and Communities
548 Main Street
PO Box 1180
Montague, PE C0A 1R0
Phone:  902-838-0983
Fax:  902-838-0972