Canada's Fisheries Fast Facts 2013

Fast Facts 2013

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 2012

Gross Value of Outputs ($'000)
Commercial sea and freshwater fisheries landings 2,187,977
Aquaculture production 833,822
Seafood product preparation & packaging revenues 4,433,688

Employment (number of persons)
Commercial fish harvesters and crew 43,250
Aquaculture 3,235
Seafood product preparation & packaging 33,034

Commercial Seafisheries
Total volume of landings (metric tonnes) 803,441
Total value of landings ($'000) 2,120,637

Commercial Freshwater Fisheries
Total volume of landings (metric tonnes) 29,326
Total value of landings ($'000) 67,340

International Trade Statistics ($'000)
Total value of fish and seafood exports 4,152,910
Total value of fish and seafood imports 2,747,823
Trade balance 1,405,087

 

Regional Overview1

Landings and Production Statistics, 2012

Commercial Sea and Freshwater Fisheries
  Pacific Inland Atlantic Canada
Number of registered fishing vessels 2 2,551 100 16,189 18,840
Total volume of landings (metric tonnes) 129,519 29,326 673,923 832,768
Total value of landings ($'000) 213,123 67,340 1,907,514 2,187,977

Aquaculture
  Pacific Inland Atlantic Canada
Number of aquaculture establishments 166 64 323 553
Total volume of production (metric tonnes) 81,395 5,534 87,128 174,057
Total value of production ($'000) 399,625 27,829 406,368 833,822

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 2,952,223

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

Species Highlights

Commercial Seafisheries Landings by Species Groups and Region, 2012
  Atlantic Pacific Canada
Total Volume of Landings (metric tonnes) 673,923 129,519 803,442
Groundfish 79,865 89,297 169,162
Pelagics 157,622 32,346 189,968
Shellfish 419,689 7,862 427,551
Other 16,747 14 16,761
Total Value of Landings ($'000) 1,907,514 213,123 2,120,637
Groundfish 163,263 95,344 258,607
Pelagics 107,524 37,620 145,144
Shellfish 1,623,116 80,157 1,703,273
Other 13,611 2 13,613

Aquaculture Production, Selected Species, 2012
  Volume (metric tonnes) Value ($'000) Main Producing Province
Salmon 108,118 598,845 British,Columbia
Mussels 28,124 44,509 Prince,Edward,Island
Oysters 11,191 23,480 British,Columbia
Trout 6,503 36,691 Ontario

International Trade Statistics

International Trade in Fish and Seafood Products, 2012 and 2013

Top Product Exports, by Species
  Volume (metric tonnes) Value ($'000)
2012 2013 2012 2013
Lobster 59,765 63,737 1,086,246 1,165,107
Snow/Queen Crab 50,099 54,710 550,672 613,969
Atlantic Salmon 88,214 69,232 506,224 502,973
Shrimp 86,435 93,264 387,190 439,807
Scallops 4,803 6,290 108,042 150,268
Total Exports, All Species 595,617 594,514 4,152,910 4,420,585

Top Product Imports, by Species
  Volume (metric tonnes) Value ($'000)
2012 2013 2012 2013
Shrimp 54,667 48,586 488,100 527,864
Lobster 31,017 29,032 220,956 243,021
Skipjack/Bonito Tuna 34,185 35,830 170,584 191,765
Sockeye Salmon 14,458 15,832 118,231 145,813
Scallops 5,036 5,552 85,898 88,897
Total Imports, All Species 528,740 501,735 2,747,823 2,961,307