Canada's Fisheries Fast Facts 2008

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Fast Facts 2008

Canadian Fisheries Fast Facts is an overview of key national and regional statistics relating to aquaculture, commercial fisheries, recreational fishing and trade. The brochure also contains additional statistics regarding species and international trade.
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National Overview

Principal Statistics 2007

Gross Value of Outputs ($'000)
Commercial sea and freshwater fisheries landings 1,951,128
Aquaculture production 846,171
Seafood product preparation & packaging revenues1 4,197,076

Employment (number of persons)
Commercial fish harvesters and crew 48,239
Aquaculture operations1 3,970
Seafood product preparation & packaging1 28,587

Commercial Seafisheries
Total volume of landings (metric tonnes) 986,922
Total value of landings ($'000) 1,887,558

Commercial Freshwater Fisheries
Total volume of landings (metric tonnes) 32,303
Total value of landings ($'000) 63,570

International Trade Statistics ($'000)
Total value of fish and seafood exports 3,868,959
Total value of fish and seafood imports 2,199,064
Trade balance 1,669,895

1 Based on 2006 data (2007 data not yet available).

Regional Overview2

Landings and Production Statistics, 2007

Commercial Sea and Freshwater Fisheries
  Pacific Inland Atlantic Canada
Number of registered fishing vessels 3,343 n/a 19,011 22,354
Total volume of landings (metric tonnes) 171,019 32,303 815,903 1,019,225
Total value of landings ($'000) 293,940 63,570 1,593,618 1,951,128

Aquaculture
  Pacific Inland Atlantic Canada
Number of aquaculture establishments3 n/a n/a n/a 642
Total volume of production (metric tonnes) 80,430 n/a n/a 170,172
Total value of production ($'000) 385,300 n/a n/a 846,171

Recreational Fisheries Statistics, 2005
  Pacific Inland Atlantic Canada
Number of active adult anglers 547,032 1,793,003 895,885 3,235,920
Fishing effort ('000 days fished) 6,201 23,735 13,012 42,948
Harvest ('000 fish kept) 3,646 32,118 35,918 71,681
Direct expenditures ($'000) 569,622 1,416,978 479,566 2,466,167
Direct investments ($'000) 543,032 1,314,626 727,769 2,585,427

2 Atlantic = Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec.
Inland = Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and territories; Pacific = British Columbia.
3 2007 information unavailable at this time.

Species Highlights

Commercial Seafisheries Landings by Species Groups and Region, 2007
  Atlantic Pacific Canada
Total Volume of Landings (metric tonnes) 815,903 171,019 986,922
Groundfish 109,404 120,484 229,888
Pelagics 263,203 36,911 300,114
Shellfish 429,010 13,617 442,627
Other 14,285 7 14,292
Total Value of Landings ($'000) 1,593,618 293,940 1,887,558
Groundfish 157,613 147,128 304,741
Pelagics 90,316 56,400 146,716
Shellfish 1,327,183 90,396 1,417,579
Other 18,507 15 18,522

Aquaculture Production, Selected Species, 2007
  Volume (metric tonnes) Value ($'000) Main Producing Province
Salmon 117,306 691,819 British Columbia
Mussels 26,692 33,059 Prince Edward Island
Oysters 13,711 19,621 British Columbia
Trout 4,899 23,571 Ontario

Prepared by Statistical Services, Economic Analysis and Statistics, February 2009
Data revisions and/or updates available on Fisheries and Oceans Canada's Statistical

International Trade Statistics

International Trade in Fish and Seafood Products, 2007 and 2008

Top Product Exports, by Species
  Volume (metric tonnes) Value ($'000)
2007 2008 2007 2008
Lobster 42,523 44,158 905,866 920,958
Snow/Queen Crab 56,205 55,395 519,642 519,170
Atlantic Salmon 72,788 79,546 460,776 504,848
Shrimp 112,304 81,163 437,768 360,149
Herring 49,154 50,387 123,063 150,053
Total Exports, All Species 669,149 632,068 3,868,959 3,887,351

Top Product Imports, by Species
  Volume (metric tonnes) Value ($'000)
2007 2008 2007 2008
Shrimp 58,936 51,753 432,497 394,100
Skipjack/Bonito Tuna 34,066 35,548 114,020 145,863
Lobster 15,010 14,825 160,730 145,801
Sockeye Salmon 16,205 15,563 85,620 93,631
Halibut 6,971 6,128 84,327 72,292
Total Imports, All Species 473,181 469,242 2,199,064 2,232,791