Coast Guard crews enjoy PEI shellfish

Over 15 Canadian Coast Guard crews were treated to fresh Island shellfish this month. 

The Department of Fisheries and Communities worked with industry to purchase and donate a variety of PEI oysters and mussels to Coast Guard Crews all over Atlantic Canada, to show appreciation for all they do.

“I am very proud to be able to recognize the great work that is carried out by the Canadian Coast Guard personnel,” said Fisheries and Communities Minister Jamie Fox. “The Coast Guard has the often difficult job of keeping our fishers and water ways safe, so we thought that it would be fitting to send them a thank you in the best form possible – Island Seafood”. 

Over 170 Canadians are aboard these Coast Guard ships, including a number of Islanders. Fox stressed that this was not only a way to express gratitude; but also a great way to showcase Island shellfish to Canadians who may have never had it before. 

“On the East Coast, we know that there is no better way to show appreciation for a service than by sharing food, especially fresh, Atlantic seafood. Thank you to our partners at the PEI Government and the hardworking Island harvesters for this generous act. I’m so glad to hear that our Coast Guard crews were able to enjoy delicious Island seafood this summer,” said the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard.

“The safety of all mariners is a top priority for the Canadian Coast Guard. We have continued to provide our essential services since the start of COVID-19, thanks to the professionalism and adaptability of the women and men of the Coast Guard. This mark of appreciation and recognition is well-received for their hard work,” said Gary Ivany, Assistant Commissioner, Canadian Coast Guard Atlantic Region.

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