Province working on a seafood environmental impact reduction plan

The provincial government will create a new, robust strategy to reduce environmental impacts of the Island’s seafood sectors. 

In partnership with researchers, industry, other provincial departments, and multi-level government partners, the Department of Fisheries and Communities will lead the development of an evidence-based strategy that will support PEI’s net-zero energy goals.

“We know that Island fishers have long been protectors of the environment and they agree that there are many opportunities to make further positive environmental impacts in the aquaculture, commercial fishing and seafood processing industries across the province.

Building on our fishers’ environmental stewardship efforts to reduce our carbon footprint, this new strategy to preserve our natural environments is an obvious next step in the right direction towards net-zero.” 

- Fisheries and Communities Minster Jamie Fox. 

The Seafood Environmental Impact Reduction Plan will include three phases:

  • research and identify global best practices and industry innovations;
  • collect feedback from engagement with targeted stakeholders in the seafood sector, Islanders and other levels of government; and, 
  • draft and develop the strategy.

The first phase is currently underway and engagement sessions are expected to be completed by spring 2022. The final plan will be available by early fall 2022. 

Media contact:    
Vicki Tse
Fisheries and Communities 

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