Members of the Canadian Coast Guard from across the Atlantic region are on Prince Edward Island this week training for dealing with oil spills.

Joe Leclair

The training and drills will help test the coast guard's preparedness for an oil spill, says Joe Leclair. (Matt Rainnie/CBC)

The training will include a simulated oil spill to test the coast guard's preparedness.

Other groups involved include the Department of Fisheries, Parks Canada and Public Safety Canada.

"That's the reason why we exercise like this, is to improve our skills, our tools and techniques will be evaluated to ensure we have the appropriate personnel and equipment to respond to oil spills," said Joe Leclair, superintendent of environmental response with the Canadian Coast Guard.

The drill on Wednesday will be focused on indoor activities, but on Thursday, participants will be working along the coast by Port La Joye-Fort Amherst in Charlottetown Harbour.