Canada's Fisheries Fast Facts 2012

Fast Facts 2011

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 2010 and 2011

Gross Value of Outputs ($'000)
Commercial sea and freshwater fisheries landings 2,165,391
Aquaculture production 845,598
Seafood product preparation & packaging revenues1 3,969,355

Employment (number of persons)
Commercial fish harvesters and crew 49,609
Aquaculture 3,292
Seafood product preparation & packaging2 29,745

Commercial Seafisheries
Total volume of landings (metric tonnes) 850,533
Total value of landings ($'000) 2,107,402

Commercial Freshwater Fisheries
Total volume of landings (metric tonnes) 25,505
Total value of landings ($'000) 57,989

International Trade Statistics ($'000)
Total value of fish and seafood exports 4,097,299
Total value of fish and seafood imports 2,687,281
Trade balance 1,410,018

[1] Based on 2010 data (2011 data not available at time of publication)
[2] Based on 2010 data (2011 data not available at time of publication)

Regional Overview3

Landings and Production Statistics, 2011

Commercial Sea and Freshwater Fisheries
  Pacific Inland Atlantic Canada
Number of registered fishing vessels (2010)4 2,777 100 17,207 20,084
Total volume of landings (metric tonnes) 146,628 25,505 703,906 876,039
Total value of landings ($'000) 278,688 57,989 1,828,714 2,165,391

Aquaculture
  Pacific Inland Atlantic Canada
Number of aquaculture establishments (2012) 182 88 363 633
Total volume of production (metric tonnes) 85,270 5,556 72,210 163,036
Total value of production ($'000) 465,000 27,181 353,417 845,598

Recreational Fisheries Statistics, 2010
  Pacific Inland Atlantic Canada
Number of active adult anglers 514,329 1,860,767 912,507 3,287,603
Fishing effort ('000 days fished) 5,868 24,775 12,698 43,340
Harvest ('000 fish kept) 3,998 26,715 31,999 62,711
Direct expenditures ($'000) 614,757 1,341,143 563,533 2,519,433
Direct investments ($'000) 663,214 1,415,029 873,979 2,952,222

[3] Atlantic = Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec. Inland = Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and territories; Pacific = British Columbia.
[4] Inland vessel count is for Ontario Great Lakes only

Species Highlights

Commercial Seafisheries Landings by Species Groups and Region, 2011
  Atlantic Pacific Canada
Total Volume of Landings (metric tonnes) 703,906 146,628 850,534
Groundfish 88,616 89,975 178,591
Pelagics 183,785 46,385 230,170
Shellfish 413,590 10,256 423,846
Other 17,915 12 17,927
Total Value of Landings ($'000) 1,828,714 278,688 2,107,402
Groundfish 169,987 99,584 269,571
Pelagics 87,377 76,972 164,349
Shellfish 1,557,707 102,130 1,659,837
Other 13,643 2 13,645

Aquaculture Production, Selected Species, 2011
  Volume (metric tonnes) Value ($'000) Main Producing Province
Salmon 102,064 606,775 British,Columbia
Mussels 25,509 38,853 Prince,Edward,Island
Oysters 10,880 18,694 British,Columbia
Trout 6,511 35,300 Ontario

International Trade Statistics

International Trade in Fish and Seafood Products, 2011 and 2012

Top Product Exports, by Species
  Volume (metric tonnes) Value ($'000)
2011 2012 2011 2012
Lobster 56,420 59,605 1,027,308 1,086,045
Snow/Queen Crab 49,466 50,099 613,449 550,672
Atlantic Salmon 71,923 88,213 479,370 506,217
Shrimp 90,171 86,214 394,071 386,223
Herring 44,698 36,383 126,013 131,867
Total Exports, All Species 609,183 593,454 4,097,299 4,138,292

Top Product Imports, by Species
  Volume (metric tonnes) Value ($'000)
2011 2012 2011 2012
Shrimp 58,910 54,679 517,080 488,250
Lobster 26,866 31,330 223,753 228,008
Skipjack/Bonito Tuna 34,881 34,197 138,971 170,689
Sockeye Salmon 11,636 14,594 92,507 119,027
Scallops 5,216 5,045 81,347 86,120
Total Imports, All Species 522,696 530,184 2,687,170 2,763,127