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Canadian Fisheries Statistics 2008

Canadian Fisheries Statistics 2008
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The annual statistical snapshot Canadian Fisheries Statistics (formerly entitled Annual Statistical Review of Canadian Fisheries) is an overview of the structure, evolution and value of the fishing industry in Canada and the place this industry occupies in Canada and in the world. This 2008 edition provides statistics for 2006 to 2008, inclusive.

The Canadian fisheries covered in this report include commercial marine and freshwater fisheries, as well as aquaculture. For information on recreational fisheries in Canada, please refer to the Statistical Services site at


This report was prepared by Michelle Fougere and Neville Johnson under the supervision of Yves Gagnon, A/Chief, Statistical Services, Economic Analysis and Statistics, Strategic Policy Sector.

We would like to thank the following regional and headquarters staff, from Statistical, Licensing and Policy & Economics Units for their excellent collaboration in the preparation of this publication

Central and Arctic: Brent Fontaine, Salim Hayder

Newfoundland and Labrador: Anne Marie Russell, Sandra Savory, Regional Licencing Unit

Québec: Édith Lachance, Bruno Levesque, Julie Aucoin

Gulf: Monique Niles, Gisèle Bernard, Daniel Doiron

Maritimes: Gina Parsons, Joe Walcott, Glenn Mackay

Pacific: Rae Dalgarno, Laurie Biagini, John Davidson, Harvey Eng

Ottawa: Kieth Brickley

Methodology and data sources

Data on marine fisheries are provided by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) statistical units in the Maritimes, Gulf, Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador and Pacific Regions, and are then integrated at the Ottawa headquarters office. Data on freshwater fisheries are provided by DFO Central and Arctic and Maritimes regional offices and the Ontario Commercial Fisheries Association while, aquaculture data is obtained from Statistics Canada. The primary classification system used in this publication for fisheries is the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation (FAO) "International Standard Statistical Classification of Aquatic Animals and Plants" (ISSCAAP)Footnote 1. ISSCAAP divides commercial species in groups based on their characteristics related to taxonomy, ecology and economics. In terms of Canadian imports and exports, species are grouped according to the Harmonized System (HS) of classification, with data from Statistics Canada. Note that figures in the detailed tables may not add up to the totals due to rounding, confidential data or, in certain instances, differences in the estimation methods.

Symbols and abbreviations

metric tonnes
thousands of metric tonnes
Canadian dollar
millions of Canadian dollars
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
North American Industrial Classification System
Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Annual Survey of Manufactures and Logging
International Standard Statistical Classification of Aquatic Animals and Plants
individual quota
not available (n/a)
not applicable
confidential data
too unreliable to publish
zero (0)