Fisheries and the Canadian Economy

Value of Outputs

In Canada, the fishing industry is comprised of three main economic activities: commercial fishing (harvesting), aquaculture (fish farming), and fish processing. In 2015, commercial landings yielded 865,711 t valued at $3.3 billion. Aquaculture production was 187,374 t, valued at $967 million. During the same period, fish processing generated $5.3 billion*, mainly from sales.

Commercial seafish landings were valued at $3.2 billion in 2015, an increase of 15% from 2014. Growth in commercial seafish landings in 2015 were mainly due to price increases in lobster and shrimp from the Atlantic coast. In contrast, the volume of seafish landings edged down to 837,746 t over the same year. Fish landings from freshwater fisheries increased marginally to $64 million in 2015, while aquaculture production rose to $967 million, an annual increase of 32%.

* Statistics Canada. Table 301-0008 - Principal statistics for manufacturing industries, by North American Industry Classification System (NAICS), annual, CANSIM (database).

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Commercial Landings and Production by fishing activity, Canada, 2011-2015
  2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
  metric tonnes millions of dollars
Marine fisheries 858,343 803,441 838,482 849,597 837,746 $2,100 $2,121 $2,252 $2,778 $3,196
Freshwater fisheries 25,744 29,326 28,391 27,170 27,965 $58 $67 $61 $63 $64
Aquaculture Production 1 170,059 183,912 169,987 133,583 187,374 $846 $872 $964 $733 $967

1 Source: Statistics Canada, Aquaculture Statistics 2011, Catalogue no. 23-222-X.

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