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There is an important hatchery focused salmon and rainbow trout finfish industry on Prince Edward Island that supplies eggs, fingerlings, fry and smolt for grow out at sites in NS, NB and Nfld.  The hatchery products are produced in two Atlantic salmon facilities and one rainbow trout facility. There is also a land based halibut grow out facility that grows halibut for the local food service market.  The facility is also experimenting in tank raising Atlantic salmon to market size.

The finfish industry is fortunate to be able to rely on abundant, disease free water that is optimal for hatchery production.  However there are no marine grow out sites on Prince Edward Island as warm summer water temperatures and ice conditions in the winter make cage culture not feasible. 

The finfish industry has an economic value of more than 6.4 million dollars to the rural economy and provides year round employment for Islanders.    

Prince Edward Island is also fortunate to have the presence of a strong research support community, with four research facilities located on the Island specializing in finfish and shellfish aquaculture - (the Atlantic Veterinary College, Aqua Bounty Technologies, Novartis Animal Health and the Centre for Aquaculture Technologies Canada).  

What are some of the finfish products produced on PEI?

1. Atlantic Salmon (eggs)

One person, dressed in rain gear, is sitting holding a large fish. Another person, dressed in rain gear, holds a red air tube up to the fish. There is a stream of orangish red eggs flowing from the fish into a small bucket.
Image caption: 
Eggs are harvested from an Atlantic salmon.


2. Atlantic Salmon

Hundreds of small fish are swimming in a circular pattern in a large blue tank. Two large grey pipes extend into the tank on two sides
Image caption: 
Atlantic salmon grown in land-based tanks.


3. Rainbow Trout (Fingerlings, fry and smolt)

Hundreds of small fish are swimming in a circular pattern in a large blue tank. There is a pipe emerging from the water in the middle of the tank.
Image caption: 
Rainbow trout fingerlings are grown in land-based tanks.


4. Atlantic Halibut

Five halibut are pictured lying flat on a sandy coloured bottom. The water is approximately 30 cm deep.
Image caption: 
Atlantic halibut grown in a land-based facility.


Date de publication : 
le 8 Février 2016
Pêches, Tourisme, Sport et Culture

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Ministère des Pêches, du Tourisme, du Sport et de la Culture
Immeuble Shaw, 3ème étage (nord)
105, rue Rochford
C.P. 2000
Charlottetown (Î.-P.-É.) C1A 7N8

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