Mental health support available for Island fisheries and aquaculture industries

Free mental health services are available to those who work in the fisheries and aquaculture industries on PEI to help support their mental and emotional well being.

The Fisher Assistance Program, and Aquaculture Farm Assistance Program offer fishers, crewmembers, their families, and aquaculturists access to confidential and professional counselling services.

“As we navigate this difficult year, we want to ensure that the people in our industries have access to the mental health services and support that they need. The goal of these programs is to offer assistance to those in need, while also creating awareness around the importance of mental health for members of our seafood industry.”

- Fisheries and Communities Minister Jamie Fox

These programs are offered in partnership with the PEI Fishermen’s Association (PEIFA), the PEI Aquaculture Alliance (PEIAA), and the Province of PEI.

“The PEIFA is a strong proponent of the Fisher Assistance Program and appreciate the partnership we have with the Province,” said Executive Director of the PEIFA Ian MacPherson. “We continue to get the word out that the program is there to assist our captains and crew members when these supports are needed”

“Mental health is a very important topic and the stresses of the pandemic have brought it to the forefront,” said Director of Operations of the PEI Aquaculture Alliance Denna Keating. “We are grateful for the Province’s support on this program, and encourage our members to access these benefits.”

Members of the PEIFA and PEIAA will receive free, confidential counselling sessions that are available 24 hours a day with flexible appointment hours.

For more information and to book an appointment, visit: Fisher Assistance Program and Aquaculture Farm Assistance Program.

Media contact:
Kip Ready
Department of Fisheries and Communities
Senior Communications Officer

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