Canada's Fisheries Fast Facts 2009

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Fast Facts 2009

Canadian Fisheries Fast Fact 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 2008

Gross Value of Outputs ($'000)
Commercial sea and freshwater fisheries landings 1,901,940
Aquaculture production 799,257
Seafood product preparation & packaging revenues1 4,197,076

Employment (number of persons)
Commercial fish harvesters and crew 52,812
Aquaculture operations1 3,970
Seafood product preparation & packaging 27,647

Commercial Seafisheries
Total volume of landings (metric tonnes) 918,125
Total value of landings ($'000) 1,842,661

Commercial Freshwater Fisheries
Total volume of landings (metric tonnes) 31,063
Total value of landings ($'000) 59,279

International Trade Statistics ($'000)
Total value of fish and seafood exports 3,884,166
Total value of fish and seafood imports 2,234,194
Trade balance 1,649,972

1 Based on 2006 data (2008 data not yet available).

Regional Overview2

Landings and Production Statistics, 2008

Commercial Sea and Freshwater Fisheries
  Pacific Inland Atlantic Canada
Number of registered fishing vessels 3,236 n/a 18,561 21,797
Total volume of landings (metric tonnes) 148,799 31,063 769,326 949,188
Total value of landings ($'000) 236,013 59,279 1,606,648 1,901,940

Aquaculture
  Pacific Inland Atlantic Canada
Number of aquaculture establishments3 n/a n/a n/a 642
Total volume of production (metric tonnes)4 81,000 7,437 67,742 156,179
Total value of production ($'000)4 385,300 74,948 339,009 799,257

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.
4 Due to missing data and suppressions, totals in the Statistics Canada table may not be comparable to those of DFO. Statistics Canada will revise its published number with its November 2010 release.

Species Highlights

Commercial Seafisheries Landings by Species Groups and Region, 2008
  Atlantic Pacific Canada
Total Volume of Landings (metric tonnes)

772,574

148,799

921,373

Groundfish 111,811 109,940 221,751
Pelagics 213,219 25,457 238,676
Shellfish 432,478 13,395 445,873
Other 15,065 6 15,071
Total Value of Landings ($'000)

1,610,939

236,013

1,846,952

Groundfish 150,950 102,162 253,112
Pelagics 78,176 45,095 123,271
Shellfish 1,366,086 88,753 1,454,839
Other 15,728 4 15,732

Aquaculture Production, Selected Species, 2008
  Volume (metric tonnes) Value ($'000) Main Producing Province
Salmon 104,070 621,515 British Columbia
Mussels 20,006 27,375 Prince Edward Island
Oysters 8,635 13,180 British Columbia
Trout 5,843 27,750 Ontario

Prepared by Statistical Services, Economic Analysis and Statistics, February 2010
Data revisions and/or updates available on Fisheries and Oceans Canada's Statistical

International Trade Statistics

International Trade in Fish and Seafood Products, 2008 and 2009

Top Product Exports, by Species
  Volume (metric tonnes) Value ($'000)
2008 2009 2008 2009
Lobster 44,159 44,527 920,968 803,448
Snow/Queen Crab 55,319 58,831 518,895 502,063
Atlantic Salmon 79,546 72,586 504,848 500,760
Shrimp 81,188 80,411 360,228 336,484
Herring 50,261 40,936 149,841 158,651
Total Exports, All Species 631,637 602,869 3,884,166 3,635,879

Top Product Imports, by Species
  Volume (metric tonnes) Value ($'000)
2008 2009 2008 2009
Shrimp 51,807 55,220 394,799 439,037
Lobster 14,826 17,360 145,818 146,808
Skipjack/Bonito Tuna 35,545 34,815 145,854 142,620
Sockeye Salmon 15,566 14,841 93,652 102,328
Halibut 6,094 6,999 71,100 77,327
Total Imports, All Species 470,341 487,639 2,234,194 2,358,524