Provincial and Territorial Statistics on Canada’s Fish and Seafood Exports in 2012

March 2013

Fish and seafood are among the largest single food commodities exported by Canada.  In 2012, Canada exported $4.1 billion of fish and seafood products, an increase of $41 million from 2011. Approximately 85 percent of all fish landed by Canadian harvesters are exported to foreign markets.

International trade figures show that 62 percent of Canadian fish and seafood exports were destined for the United States at a value of $2.6 billion. The People’s Republic of China and the European Union were important export markets in 2012, accounting for $439 million and $343 million worth of exports respectively. These two markets accounted for 19 percent of total Canadian fish and seafood exports worldwide.

Canada’s largest exports by species were lobster, snow/queen crab, Atlantic salmon and shrimp. In 2012, these species represented 61 percent of the total value ($2.5 billion) and 48 percent of the total volume (284 tonnes) of fish and seafood exports. Lobster remains Canada’s top export species in terms of value, with $1 billion of exports in 2012.

Provincially, the largest exporter of fish and seafood products was New Brunswick, followed by Nova Scotia, British Columbia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Quebec and Prince Edward Island.

Details about the 2012 provincial and territorial exports of fish and seafood products are presented below:

New Brunswick

  • Canada’s largest exporter of fish and seafood, with exports valued at $967.2 million.
  • Exported 105,522 tonnes (t) of fish and seafood.
  • Top three exports by value were lobster (22,058 t valued at $475.4 million), farmed Atlantic salmon (35,620 t valued at $210.8 million) and snow/queen crab (8,736 t valued at $99.1 million).

Nova Scotia

  • Canada’s second largest exporter of fish and seafood, with exports valued at $915.4 million.
  • Exported 111,330 tonnes of fish and seafood.
  • Top three exports by value were lobster (25,924 t valued at $373.5 million), snow/queen crab (8,945 t valued at $100.7 million) and scallop (4,332 t valued at $98.2 million).

British Columbia

  • Canada’s third largest exporter of fish and seafood, with exports valued at $871.5 million.
  • Exported 166,277 tonnes of fish and seafood.
  • Top three exports by value were farmed Atlantic salmon (51,788 t valued at $290.5 million), crab (5,138 t valued at $69 million) and hake (27,454 t valued at $53.4 million).

Newfoundland and Labrador

  • Canada’s fourth largest exporter of fish and seafood, with exports valued at almost $765.6 million in 2012.
  • Exported 136,462 tonnes of fish and seafood.
  • Top three exports by value were snow/queen crab (24,570 t valued at $266.5 million), shrimp (57,700 t valued at $234 million) and Clam (4,973 t valued at $49.7 million).

Quebec

  • Canada’s fifth largest exporter of fish and seafood, with exports valued at $264.3 million in 2012.
  • Exported 26,517 tonnes of fish and seafood.
  • Top three exports by value were snow/queen crab (7,438 t valued at $80 million), lobster (4,031 t valued at $79.2 million) and shrimp (1,364 t valued at $15.5 million).

Prince Edward Island

  • Canada’s sixth largest exporter of fish and seafood, with exports valued at $197.5 million.
  • Exported 23,429 tonnes of fish and seafood.
  • Top three exports by value were lobster (6,357 t valued at $134 million), mussel (13,735 t valued at $37.3 million) and oyster (760 t valued at $4.7 million).

Ontario

  • Canada’s seventh largest exporter of fish and seafood, with exports valued at $92.6 million.
  • Exported approximately 15,731 tonnes of fish and seafood.
  • Top three exports by value were pickerel (1,185 t valued at $12.4 million), perch (1,480 t valued at $12.3 million) and whitefish (2,317 t valued at $11.2 million).

Manitoba

  • Canada’s eighth largest exporter of fish and seafood, with exports valued at $54.1 million.
  • Exported approximately 6,654 tonnes of fish and seafood.
  • Top three exports by value were perch (1,624 t valued at $28.7 million), whitefish (1,941 t valued at $8.6 million) and pike (630 t valued at $2.1 million).

Saskatchewan

  • Canada’s ninth largest exporter of fish and seafood, with exports valued at $5.5 million.
  • Exported approximately 737 tonnes of fish and seafood.
  • Top three exports by value were rainbow trout (595 t valued at $4.4 million), whitefish (8.8 t valued at $46,573) and cod (2.6 t valued at $18,681).

Alberta

  • Canada’s tenth largest exporter of fish and seafood, with exports valued at $3 million.
  • Exported approximately 479 tonnes of fish and seafood.
  • Top three exports by value were sockeye salmon (6 t valued at $128,896), shrimp (24 t valued at $86,115) and herring (303 t valued at $85,823).

Nunavut

  • Canada’s eleventh largest exporter of fish and seafood, with exports valued at $1.3 million.
  • Exported approximately 260 tonnes of fish and seafood.
  • Top three exports by value were Greenland halibut (211 t valued at $1 million), shrimp (42 t valued at $195,364) and salmonidae species (2.1 t valued at $42,173).

Yukon

  • Canada’s twelfth largest exporter of fish and seafood, with exports valued at $181,886.
  • Yukon exported 47 tonnes of fish and seafood in 2012.

Northwest Territories

  • Canada’s thirteenth largest exporter of fish and seafood, with exports valued at $74,953 in 2012.
  • Exported eight tonnes of fish and seafood.
  • Main exports by value were Greenland halibut (7 t valued at $53,703) and lobster (1.2 t valued at $21,250).

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