Aquaculture is the farming of fish, shellfish and aquatic plants in fresh or salt water. It is an established practice in many parts of the world. In Canada, aquaculture was first used to enhance natural stocks. It is now a large-scale commercial industry across the country. It provides direct and indirect economic benefits to many local and regional economies. All ten provinces and the Yukon Territory currently have a stake in commercial aquaculture. Interest is increasing in the Northwest Territories. In 2007, aquaculture production accounted for about 14.3% of total fish production in Canada.
Our aquaculture statistics are grouped under three categories:
Economic contribution of the aquaculture industry in Canada from 1997 to 2011.
Volume and value of aquaculture production by species, and by province and territory from 1986 to 2011.
Latest statistics and key figures available for the Canadian aquaculture industry and data on the state of aquaculture in the world.