Interviewing one lady from Miminegash, P.E.I., we were told that at one time, a couple of decades ago, everyone in the community was involved in mossing. Even as small children, they would go to the shore after a storm and gather small bread bags full to sell to the moss plants for the few cents that it was worth. During the peak of the industry in the 1970s many people across the Island shared similar experiences. People from the western tip of the province, to Rustico and as far as North Lake, which is near the eastern tip, would harvest moss after storms and make a reasonable living at it. For the most part, the moss industry is gone in other parts of the province but the industry and the way of life are holding on in the far west of Island. Even in decline, the moss industry still brought $1 million into the economy of Prince Edward Island in 2000. This is a far cry from the many millions earned in the past but it still leaves a large impact on the lives of the people in the local communities. There are many social implications of the Irish Moss industry and they are not all as localized as the way of life of the mossers who use the product to make their living. Some of the impacts are more global in nature.
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