Recreational Shellfish Harvesting May 30, 2014

Recreational shellfish harvesting: reminder notice to the public and visitors of Prince Edward Island May 20, 2014 - Moncton, New Brunswick

Fisheries and Oceans Canada wishes to remind residents of Prince Edward Island and visitors about the regulations and potential dangers related to shellfish harvesting.

While visitors and residents alike enjoy harvesting and eating shellfish, such as clams, quahaugs and mussels, the public must verify if the areas where they plan to harvest shellfish are open. Closed shellfish areas are identified by coloured signs posted by Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

Recreational harvesters must comply with regulations and orders related to shellfish harvesting, such as area closures, daily catch limits, minimum size limits and seasons. Closures are in place to protect harvesters and the public. Offenders will be subject to prosecution.

As shellfish feed by filtering microscopic organisms from the water, harmful bacteria, viruses and biotoxins can build up in their tissues and may cause illness in people who consume affected shellfish. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Environment Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Canada work together to regularly test shellfish areas and to close them when risks are identified. Cooking shellfish does not destroy many of the toxins that may be present in a closed area.

Celebrating Mother's Day with PEI Lobster at the Chtown Airport May 12, 2014

PEI Fisherman’s Association, Murphy Group of Restaurants, and Charlottetown Airport teamed up today to celebrate Mother’s day and PEI’s lobster season at Charlottetown Airport.

Travelers arriving at the Charlottetown airport Sunday afternoon were greeted by PEI’s famous “Bearded Skipper” Norman Peter’s. who was giving a demonstration to passengers to show them how lobster traps are made.

Passengers also had a chance to try some Island lobster as Chef Adam Loo of Merchant Man Pub prepared some of PEI’s freshest lobster rolls.

“PEI’s lobster industry is such a big part of our Island economy and we thought it was important to show our support for our Island fisherman at the start of their season,” noted Doug Newson, CEO of Charlottetown Airport.

“Mother’s Day is one of the bigger days for Lobster sales on the Island,“ noted Norman Peters. “There is something special about getting the whole family together and having a big lobster feast. We wanted to share a piece of that Island culture here today with visitors and mom’s arriving at the Charlottetown Airport,” added Peters.

Murphy Group of Restaurants has a lobster promotion running for the month of May. I Love LobsterFest is available at four Murphy Group of restaurant locations including; Sims Corner Steakhouse & Oyster Bay, The Gahan House Pub & Brewery, The Brickhouse Kitchen & Bar, and the Merchantmen Fresh Seafood & Oyster Bar.

Love Our Lobster Campaign May 06, 2014

Increasing awareness and demand for Prince Edward Island’s top quality lobster is the goal of the province’s annual Love our Lobster campaign, says Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development Minister Ron MacKinley.

“Prince Edward Island is known for our high quality seafood products, including lobster, and our Island fishers, processors, retailers and peddlers work hard to deliver these products to our consumers,” said Minister MacKinley. “Love our Lobster is a great way for Islanders to show their support for our lobster industry and the people who work in it.”

More than 1,200 fishers are involved in the lobster fishery. Last year, more than 28 million pounds of lobster were landed. The Island lobster industry has an economic value in excess of $185 million.

The Department of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development is partnering with Ocean 100 and Hot 105.5 and 26 local retail outlets across the province to promote the sale of Island lobster. Anyone buying Island lobster at participating retail outlets will receive a ballot for a chance to win the grand prize, a private lobster dinner party. Various other prizes are also available.

“The lobster industry is a significant contributor to the economy of Prince Edward Island, and we are working to help increase demand for Island lobster and strengthen the industry,” said Minister MacKinley. “Islanders are encouraged to take part and make fresh local Island lobster a part of celebrations with family and friends.”

Love our Lobster will run from May 2 to June 25. Contest details and a list of participating retail outlets can be found at gov.pe.ca/loveourlobster.

Recreational Shellfish Harvesting May 30, 2014

Recreational shellfish harvesting: reminder notice to the public and visitors of Prince Edward Island May 20, 2014 - Moncton, New Brunswick

Fisheries and Oceans Canada wishes to remind residents of Prince Edward Island and visitors about the regulations and potential dangers related to shellfish harvesting.

While visitors and residents alike enjoy harvesting and eating shellfish, such as clams, quahaugs and mussels, the public must verify if the areas where they plan to harvest shellfish are open. Closed shellfish areas are identified by coloured signs posted by Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

Recreational harvesters must comply with regulations and orders related to shellfish harvesting, such as area closures, daily catch limits, minimum size limits and seasons. Closures are in place to protect harvesters and the public. Offenders will be subject to prosecution.

As shellfish feed by filtering microscopic organisms from the water, harmful bacteria, viruses and biotoxins can build up in their tissues and may cause illness in people who consume affected shellfish. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Environment Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Canada work together to regularly test shellfish areas and to close them when risks are identified. Cooking shellfish does not destroy many of the toxins that may be present in a closed area.

Celebrating Mother's Day with PEI Lobster at the Chtown Airport May 12, 2014

PEI Fisherman’s Association, Murphy Group of Restaurants, and Charlottetown Airport teamed up today to celebrate Mother’s day and PEI’s lobster season at Charlottetown Airport.

Travelers arriving at the Charlottetown airport Sunday afternoon were greeted by PEI’s famous “Bearded Skipper” Norman Peter’s. who was giving a demonstration to passengers to show them how lobster traps are made.

Passengers also had a chance to try some Island lobster as Chef Adam Loo of Merchant Man Pub prepared some of PEI’s freshest lobster rolls.

“PEI’s lobster industry is such a big part of our Island economy and we thought it was important to show our support for our Island fisherman at the start of their season,” noted Doug Newson, CEO of Charlottetown Airport.

“Mother’s Day is one of the bigger days for Lobster sales on the Island,“ noted Norman Peters. “There is something special about getting the whole family together and having a big lobster feast. We wanted to share a piece of that Island culture here today with visitors and mom’s arriving at the Charlottetown Airport,” added Peters.

Murphy Group of Restaurants has a lobster promotion running for the month of May. I Love LobsterFest is available at four Murphy Group of restaurant locations including; Sims Corner Steakhouse & Oyster Bay, The Gahan House Pub & Brewery, The Brickhouse Kitchen & Bar, and the Merchantmen Fresh Seafood & Oyster Bar.

Love Our Lobster Campaign May 06, 2014

Increasing awareness and demand for Prince Edward Island’s top quality lobster is the goal of the province’s annual Love our Lobster campaign, says Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development Minister Ron MacKinley.

“Prince Edward Island is known for our high quality seafood products, including lobster, and our Island fishers, processors, retailers and peddlers work hard to deliver these products to our consumers,” said Minister MacKinley. “Love our Lobster is a great way for Islanders to show their support for our lobster industry and the people who work in it.”

More than 1,200 fishers are involved in the lobster fishery. Last year, more than 28 million pounds of lobster were landed. The Island lobster industry has an economic value in excess of $185 million.

The Department of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development is partnering with Ocean 100 and Hot 105.5 and 26 local retail outlets across the province to promote the sale of Island lobster. Anyone buying Island lobster at participating retail outlets will receive a ballot for a chance to win the grand prize, a private lobster dinner party. Various other prizes are also available.

“The lobster industry is a significant contributor to the economy of Prince Edward Island, and we are working to help increase demand for Island lobster and strengthen the industry,” said Minister MacKinley. “Islanders are encouraged to take part and make fresh local Island lobster a part of celebrations with family and friends.”

Love our Lobster will run from May 2 to June 25. Contest details and a list of participating retail outlets can be found at gov.pe.ca/loveourlobster.