|Rich soil, bountiful waters, and
beautiful landscapes have always been the source of
Prince Edward Islands wealth. Traditional
resource-based industries such as agriculture and
fishing, more recent innovations in food processing and
aquaculture, and a longstanding reputation as a beautiful
place to visit (and live!) are the driving forces behind
our economy. Just as importantly, the Islands
familiar rural landscapegentle rolling hills,
luxurious sandy beaches and rugged red sandstone
cliffsare veritably etched in the spirit of the
people here. This landscape and our relationship to it
are what make us Islanders... It follows, then,
that environmental concerns take on such vital
importance. The health of our environment affects our
livelihood and our home; in short, the Island Way of
As the elements slowly carve out our coastline and as our intensive farming activities gradually degrade soil integrity, the island of Prince Edward is disappearing.
As they become more aware of ways to mitigate the effects of the elements on soil erosion, Island farmers are learning and implementing soil conservation measures.
Ground Water Quality
Water is vital to the health of all living creatures. Prince Edward Islands human creatures are especially concerned with protecting the quality of their drinking water.
Surface Water Quality
Surface waterbogs, wetlands, ponds, streams, rivers, estuaries, etc.is home to most of Prince Edward Islands wildlife population. On behalf of their non-human neighbours, Island people are striving to protect aquatic habitat.
Virtually a floating forest before European colonization, Prince Edward Islands forestry industry is today a subject of heated controversy.
For farmers, fishers, teachers, preachers, and bureaucrats alike, Island weather can determine the success or failure of a days plans or a seasons harvest. And, sometimes, the elements throw us an unexpected curve ball!
The Irving Whale
Filled with 3,100 imperial tons of Bunker C oil and 7.2 imperial tons of Polychlorinated biphenyl (PCBs), the Irving Whale was lifted from the floor of the Gulf of St. Lawrence in August 1996.