Travel associated with Commercial Fishing Seasons 2021

This page outlines travel and isolation measures for individuals and businesses travelling from and into PEI in the coming months related to commercial fishing seasons (e.g. snow crab, lobster and tuna).

Starting June 27: PEI PASS

If you have a PEI Pass, follow the conditions of the PEI Pass, i.e., you are not required to self-isolate if you meet the conditions of the pass upon entry into the province.

For individuals without a PEI Pass or for PEI Pass holders who do not meet the criteria to be exempt from self-isolation, all measures detailed below remain in place.  Measures are subject to change.

Non-PEI resident workers entering PEI

Non PEI residents arriving in PEI joining a crew with PEI resident members:

  • Self isolation declaration required
  • Must isolate for 8 days following arrival to PEI, subject to a negative test of day 0 and day 8.
  • If travelling from NB and NS, during the first 8 days in PEI, are eligible to work-isolate, following work-isolation requirements, including testing at days 0, 4 and 8, support of employer, ability to distance in the workplace, wearing a non-medical mask, etc.; see more at princeedwardisland.ca/workisolation OR after receiving a first negative test, all members of crew isolate together on vessel/in isolation location when not working; monitor for symptoms; if they experience any symptoms they must immediately seek testing; all travellers must receive a negative test on day 8 before they and the crew can leave isolation on day 8
  • If travelling from outside of the Maritimes (outside of NB and NS), during the first 8 days following arrival to PEI and until a negative test is received on day 8, fishing is not an eligible work activity; are eligible work-isolate for on-shore tasks if required, following work-isolation requirements, including testing, support of employer, ability to distance in the workplace, etc.; see more at princeedwardisland.ca/workisolation
    • In the instance of extenuating circumstances regarding fishing not being an eligible work activity during the first 8 days, please reach out to DeptHW@gov.pe.ca to discuss

Non PEI residents arriving in PEI as a crew of a vessel, not including PEI crew members (e.g. pre-formed crew of 4-6):

  • Self isolation declaration required
  • May continue working on the vessel provided they have no symptoms
  • May not leave the vessel except to go to an isolation location (e.g. rental house/hotel room) or for emergency situations; and isolate while on shore; see more information about self-isolation.
  • For any interactions with others (e.g. with monitors, unloading of catch, harbourmasters), must keep interactions limited, wear a non-medical mask and maintain physical distancing at all times
  • Not permitted to enter public places, including grocery stores, banks, other retail stores, while in PEI
  • Testing at days 0, 4 and 8 encouraged
  • Must monitor for symptoms and immediately seek testing if any symptoms develop

Non PEI residents arriving in PEI to purchase/transport bait and catch (travelling to PEI in a commercial truck or other means of ground transportation)

PEI residents entering PEI to work in commercial fishing

  • If travelling from NB and NS, during the first 8 days in PEI, must isolate for 8 days following arrival to PEI; subject to a negative test on day 8; can apply to work-isolate, following work-isolation requirements, including testing on days 0, 4 and 8, support of employer, ability to distance in the workplace, wearing a non-medical mask, etc.; see more at princeedwardisland.ca/workisolation OR after receiving a first negative test, all members of crew isolate together on vessel/in isolation location when not working; monitor for symptoms; if they experience any symptoms they must immediately seek testing
  • If coming from outside of the Maritimes (outside of NB and NS), must isolate for 8 days following arrival to PEI; subject to a negative test on day 8; fishing is not an eligible work-isolation activity during the 8 days following arrival to PEI and until a negative test is received on day 8; may apply to work-isolate for on-shore tasks, following work-isolation requirements, including testing on every second day, support of employer, ability to distance in the workplace, etc. See more at: princeedwardisland.ca/workisolation
    • In the instance of extenuating circumstances regarding fishing not being an eligible work activity during the first 8 days, please reach out to DeptHW@gov.pe.ca to discuss
  • PEI residents doing frequent fishery-related travel to other provinces may be eligible for rotational worker status while in PEI, provided they register and follow the testing schedule. See more at: princeedwardisland.ca/rotationalworkers. As described above, for workers coming from outside of NB and NS, fishing is not an eligible work activity during the 8 days following arrival to PEI and until a negative test is received on day 8, but rotational workers may work on on-shore tasks.

For PEI residents doing same day no contact courier type travel off-PEI (e.g. transportation, delivery, and pick-up of goods), where not entering workplaces and not interacting with anyone while off-Island

  • provided same day travel requirements are met, exempt from self-isolation; must continue to monitor for symptoms and get tested immediately if symptoms develop

Entering PEI by private vessel – PEI resident or non resident

People arriving from outside of province into PEI ports are required to notify the Harbour Authority upon arrival; non-PEI residents are required to provide their pre travel approval code.

Additional information:

For non PEI residents arriving in PEI to work in fish processing plants, either a PEI Pass or Self Isolation Declaration is required. For people who are not exempt from isolation with a PEI Pass, following travel within Canada, both non PEI residents and PEI residents may be eligible to work-isolate in fish processing plants within 8 days of arrival into PEI if required, provided they can meet the requirements listed at princeedwardisland.ca/workisolation

For general fishing vessel workplace guidance, see Commercial Fishing Vessel Guidance

 

 

Published date: 
September 3, 2021