Facts on Canadian Fisheries

Fish and seafood is one of the largest food sectors exported by Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Canada is committed to the sustainability of this valuable natural resource. 

Did you know?

  • Canada exported a record $6.6 billion in fish and seafood products in 2016.
  • Fish and seafood are among Canada’s largest exports of food products.
  • Canada’s most valuable species exported in 2016, were, lobster, Atlantic salmon, snow (queen) crab and shrimp.
  • Lobster remains Canada’s top species exported in terms of value, with over $2 billion worth in 2016.
  • Aquaculture is the fastest growing food production activity in the world and a growing sector in Canada. About 45 species of marine and freshwater finfish, shellfish and aquatic plants are now available.
  • In 2015, the aquaculture industry generated over $1 billion in GDP, generating close to $3 billion in total economic activity.
  • Approximately 72,000 Canadians make their living directly from fishing and fishing-related activities.

For more detailed statistics on the Canadian fish and seafood sector, including commercial fisheries landings, recreational fishing, aquaculture production and international trade (imports/exports), please visit DFO’s Statistical Services.