Fisheries Statistics 2018

The Prince Edward Island fishery statistical report is designed to present the current information available on the fishing industry. The value to the economy of the Province exceeds $590 million. The industry employs as many as 8,000 people at peak production.

PEI Landed Volume and Value

2018 Preliminary Statistics
Molluscs and Crustaceans
Weight (lbs)
Value ($000)
Lobster
38,666,069
200,199
Snow crab
6,038,053
33,209
Rock crab
2,736,733
1,481
Bar clams
1,106,643
442
Quahaugs
986,037
1,281
Mussels
44,769,411
29,100
Oysters
8,771,160
14,034
Scallops (shucked)
36,569
548
S.S. clams
475,030
665
Total Molluscs and Crustaceans
103,585,705
280,959
PELAGICS and Estuarial
Weight (lbs)
Value ($000)
Bluefin tuna
299,669
2,669
Mackerel
4,561,372
3,584
Herring
4,784,469
1,260
Gaspereau

191,939

172
Eels
201,791
605
Smelts
63,449
44
Silversides
497,734
354
Cultured Finfish**
n/a
4,100
Total PELAGICS and Estuarial
10,600,423
12,932
Groundfish
Weight (lbs)
Value ($000)
Cod
11,106
10
Winter flounder
14,715
10
Halibut
126,367
632
Total Groundfish
152,188
652
TOTAL FISH:
114,338,316
294,543
Seaplants
Weight (lbs)
Value ($000)
Irish moss
1,000,000
400
Furcellaria
1,616,556
129
Total Seaplants
2,616,556
529
TOTAL FISHERY:
116,954,872
295,072

** Cultured finfish species are Rainbow Trout, Atlantic Salmon & Atlantic Halibut. 

General Fishery Information

Fisheries Statistics
Total number
Number of commercial fishers
4,231
Number of fishing vessels - inshore
1,151
Number of licensed lobster fishers
1,219
Number of licensed groundfish fishers
873
Number of licensed mackerel fishers
1,256
Number of licensed herring fishers
869
Aquaculture Statistics
Total number
Total acreage
Number of oyster and clam leases (bottom)
790
5,472
Number of oyster leases (off bottom)
326
2,576
Number of mussel leases
317
11,233
Processing Statistics
Total number
Number of employees in processing plants
1,500
Number of provincial licensed and federal processing plants
47

 

Published date: 
November 21, 2019
Fisheries and Communities

General Inquiries

Department of Fisheries and Communities
PO Box 1180
548 Main Street
Montague, PE C0A 1R0
Phone: 902-838-0910
Fax: 902-838-0975

DeptFC@gov.pe.ca