PEI is working towards hybrid and electric fishing boats

The federal and provincial governments announced a $3 million investment on Thursday to help PEI fishermen switch to efficient hybrid or even electric motors to power their boats.

Ian MacPherson, senior advisor to the Prince Edward Island Fishermen’s Association, said the pilot project will not only help the environment and bring PEI closer together. of its goal of net zero carbon emissions, but will also reduce ever-increasing fuel costs for anglers.

“It’s always an evolving fishing landscape in terms of profitability and viability and so anything we can do to help reduce costs and if a subset of that is to help the environment and reduce carbon emissions, we see it as a win-win.”

Aspin Kemp & Associates, an engineering firm based in Prince Edward Island, introduced its new diesel-electric hybrid model for the first time at a boat show in Moncton, New Brunswick, from April 8 to 10.

Manufactured by the PEI company

Hybrid fishing boats run on electricity when fishing at sea and convert back to diesel when returning to port.

Egmont MP Bobby Morrissey believes fishermen will be on board to bring about change.

“It is important that the fishing industry here in Prince Edward Island sends a clear message to its consumers in the marketplace that anglers are serious about carbon emissions,” he said. declared.

“And I really believe that in 10 years we will see common fishing boat power being a combination of hybrid electric and diesel.”

The PEI Fishermen’s Association hopes to launch the first hybrid test boats in the fall, but it will be until next summer before the full pilot project is underway.