Canada's Fisheries Fast Facts 2010

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Fast Facts 2010

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 2009

Gross Value of Outputs ($'000)
Commercial sea and freshwater fisheries landings 1,699,417
Aquaculture production 800,736
Seafood product preparation & packaging revenues1 3,931,465

Employment (number of persons)
Commercial fish harvesters and crew 45,069
Aquaculture operations1 3,700
Seafood product preparation & packaging 27,464

Commercial Seafisheries
Total volume of landings (metric tonnes) 924,756
Total value of landings ($'000) 1,641,469

Commercial Freshwater Fisheries
Total volume of landings (metric tonnes) 31,380
Total value of landings ($'000) 57,948

International Trade Statistics ($'000)
Total value of fish and seafood exports 3,901,666
Total value of fish and seafood imports 2,389,408
Trade balance 1,512,258

1 Based on 2008 data (2009 data not yet available).

Regional Overview2

Landings and Production Statistics, 2009

Commercial Sea and Freshwater Fisheries
  Pacific Inland Atlantic Canada
Number of registered fishing vessels 2,811 n/a 17,292 20,103
Total volume of landings (metric tonnes) 157,183 31,380 767,573 956,136
Total value of landings ($'000) 250,224 57,948 1,391,245 1,699,417

Aquaculture
  Pacific Inland Atlantic Canada
Number of aquaculture establishments3 n/a n/a n/a 642
Total volume of production (metric tonnes) 76,420 7,578 70,556 154,554
Total value of production ($'000) 413,000 34,568 353,168 800,736

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, 2009
  Atlantic Pacific Canada
Total Volume of Landings (metric tonnes)

767,573

157,183

924,756

Groundfish 105,459 98,189 203,648
Pelagics 238,472 45,648 284,120
Shellfish 407,029 13,185 420,214
Other 16,613 161 16,774
Total Value of Landings ($'000)

1,391,245

250,224

1,641,469

Groundfish 142,778 93,865 236,643
Pelagics 73,239 53,426 126,665
Shellfish 1,163,433 100,708 1,264,141
Other 11,795 2,225 14,020

Aquaculture Production, Selected Species, 2009
  Volume (metric tonnes) Value ($'000) Main Producing Province
Salmon 100,220 598,974 British,Columbia
Mussels 20,912 28,859 Prince,Edward,Island
Oysters 8,477 16,251 British,Columbia
Trout 7,000 31,416 Ontario

Prepared by Statistical Services, Economic Analysis and Statistics, February 2011
Data revisions and/or updates available on Fisheries and Oceans Canada's

International Trade Statistics

International Trade in Fish and Seafood Products, 2009 and 2010

Top Product Exports, by Species
  Volume (metric tonnes) Value ($'000)
2009 2010 2009 2010
Lobster 44,527 50,847 803,448 945,966
Atlantic Salmon 72,586 77,850 500,760 520,095
Snow/Queen Crab 58,635 50,591 502,063 463,052
Shrimp 80,409 100,289 336,484 371,736
Herring 40,964 43,240 158,707 138,432
Total Exports, All Species

602,728

656,016

3,636,078

3,901,666


Top Product Imports, by Species
  Volume (metric tonnes) Value ($'000)
2009 2010 2009 2010
Shrimp 55,212 59,358 438,713 446,488
Lobster 17,341 22,173 146,178 198,224
Skipjack/Bonito Tuna 34,790 34,937 142,550 132,230
Sockeye Salmon 6,959 5,924 76,510 79,593
Halibut 15,135 11,548 103,984 78,216
Total Imports, All Species

487,997

4,502,845

2,360,479

2,389,408