Canada's Fisheries Fast Facts 2011

Fast Facts 2011

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 2010

Gross Value of Outputs ($'000)
Commercial sea and freshwater fisheries landings 1,687,990
Aquaculture production 926,504
Seafood product preparation & packaging revenues1 3,743,615

Employment (number of persons)
Commercial fish harvesters and crew1 50,920
Aquaculture operations 3,272
Seafood product preparation & packaging1 27,464

Commercial Seafisheries
Total volume of landings (metric tonnes) 939,460
Total value of landings ($'000) 1,627,894

Commercial Freshwater Fisheries
Total volume of landings (metric tonnes) 27,265
Total value of landings ($'000) 60,096

International Trade Statistics ($'000)
Total value of fish and seafood exports 3,902,163
Total value of fish and seafood imports 2,391,904
Trade balance 1,510,259

[1] Based on 2009 data (2010 data not available at time of publication).

Regional Overview2

Landings and Production Statistics, 2010

Commercial Sea and Freshwater Fisheries
  Pacific Inland Atlantic Canada
Number of registered fishing vessels3 2,777 100 17,207 20,084
Total volume of landings (metric tonnes) 150,861 27,265 788,599 966,725
Total value of landings ($'000) 294,212 60,096 1,333,682 1,687,990

Aquaculture
  Pacific Inland Atlantic Canada
Number of aquaculture establishments n/a n/a n/a 598
Total volume of production (metric tonnes) 82,600 5,964 72,762 161,326
Total value of production ($'000) 533,800 27,132 365,572 926,504

Recreational Fisheries Statistics, 20054
  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 ($'000) 569,623 1,416,979 479,565 2,466,167
Direct investments ($'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] Inland vessel count is for Ontario Great Lakes only.
[4] The results from the 2010 Survey of Recreational Fishing in Canada will be available in spring 2012. Species Highlights

Commercial Seafisheries Landings by Species Groups and Region, 2010
  Atlantic Pacific Canada
Total Volume of Landings (metric tonnes) 788,599 150,861 939,460
Groundfish 103,842 87,135 190,977
Pelagics 221,171 52,241 273,412
Shellfish 423,226 11,476 434,702
Other 40,360 9 40,369
Total Value of Landings ($'000) 1,333,682 294,212 1,627,894
Groundfish 166,557 101,335 267,892
Pelagics 78,784 100,941 179,725
Shellfish 1,075,381 91,934 1,167,316
Other 12,960 1 12,961

Aquaculture Production, Selected Species, 2010
  Volume (metric tonnes) Value ($'000) Main Producing Province
Salmon 101,385 690,914 British,Columbia
Mussels 24,484 36,205 Prince,Edward,Island
Oysters 10,862 20,308 British,Columbia
Trout 6,883 32,623 Ontario

Prepared by Statistical Services, Economic Analysis and Statistics, February 2012
Data revisions and/or updates available on Fisheries and Oceans Canada's Statistical Services

International Trade Statistics

International Trade in Fish and Seafood Products, 2010 and 2011

Top Product Exports, by Species
  Volume (metric tonnes) Value ($'000)
2010 2011 2010 2011
Lobster 50,859 56,400 945,995 1,027,257
Snow/Queen Crab 50,591 49,466 463,052 613,449
Atlantic Salmon 77,850 71,923 520,098 479,370
Shrimp 100,277 90,249 371,736 394,071
Herring 43,340 44,648 138,620 126,013
Total Exports, All Species 656,181 609,335 3,902,163 4,097,484

Top Product Imports, by Species
  Volume (metric tonnes) Value ($'000)
2010 2011 2010 2011
Shrimp 59,387 58,910 446,698 517,078
Lobster 22,176 26,866 198,250 223,753
Skipjack/Bonito Tuna 34,975 34,909 132,451 139,123
Sockeye Salmon 11,551 11,637 78,144 92,488
Scallops 4,217 5,216 55,745 81,347
Total Imports, All Species 503,943 519,087 2,391,904 2,684,356