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Introduction

Prince Edward Island’s people have always depended on the land and the sea for their survival. An independent and creative people, Islanders have harvested resources from what was around them. The "Harvests of Prince Edward Island" project utilizes the collections and resources of the Island’s community museums to explore a number of the harvests which have been important to the Island’s history.

The history of the oyster industry on Prince Edward Island is a fascinating story of overcoming adversity and using disaster as a springboard to a prosperous and reliable future. The lengths to which the people who are involved and have been involved in the industry will go to ensure the success of the industry is very impressive. The early years of the industry were defined by hard times and uncertainty due to the poor management of the resource.

The major harvests represented include;
  • the Potato
  • the Malpeque Oyster
  • the Silver Fox industry
  • Irish Moss
  • Mussel Mud

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