About: Fisheries, Tourism, Sport and Culture

The responsibility of the Ministry is to contribute to the growth of sustainable, prosperous fishing, aquaculture and seafood processing enterprises, to provide leadership in advancing the development of rural and regional PEI, and to develop, deliver and monitor programs and services in the areas of sport, recreation and physical activity. The Ministry works to preserve the heritage of Prince Edward Island and to collaborate with industry and stakeholders in order to enhance and support Prince Edward Island's tourism and cultural sectors.

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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Culture and Heritage
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
Museum and Heritage Foundation
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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Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity

The Sport Recreation and Physical Activity Division is responsible for encouraging Islanders to be active through sport, recreation and other physical activity pursuits. This mandate is achieved through a wide variety of partnerships with sport, recreation and physical activity organizations throughout the province. The division provides grants and consultation services to a number of provincial, regional and community groups. As well, the division relates to a variety of provincial and federal government departments, national and interprovincial organizations both government and non-government.

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Fisheries, Tourism, Sport and Culture
Minister's Office
Executive Administrative Assistant to the Minister and Deputy Minister
Senior Communications Officer

General Inquiries

Department of Fisheries, Tourism, Sport and Culture
Shaw Building
95-105 Rochford Street
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8
North 3rd Floor

Telephone: 902-368-5956