Canada's Fisheries Fast Facts 2014

Fast Facts 2014

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 2013


Gross Value of Outputs ($'000)
Commercial sea and freshwater fisheries landings 2,312,465
Aquaculture production 962,895
Seafood product preparation & packaging revenues 1 4,557,222

Employment (number of persons)
Commercial fish harvesters and crew 1 45,904
Aquaculture 2,980
Seafood product preparation & packaging 1 33,034

Commercial Seafisheries
Total volume of landings (metric tonnes) 838,482
Total value of landings ($'000) 2,251,743

Commercial Freshwater Fisheries
Total volume of landings (metric tonnes) 28,329
Total value of landings ($'000) 60,722

International Trade Statistics ($'000)
Total value of fish and seafood exports (2014) 4,914,422
Total value of fish and seafood imports (2014) 3,358,764
Trade balance 1,555,658
[1] Based on 2012 data (2013 data not available at time of publication)

Regional Overview2

Landings and Production Statistics, 2013

Commercial Sea and Freshwater Fisheries
  Pacific Inland 4 Atlantic Canada
Number of registered fishing vessels 3 2,538 112 15,914 18,564
Total volume of landings (metric tonnes) 140,415 28,329 698,067 866,811
Total value of landings ($'000) 256,148 60,722 1,995,595 2,312,465

Aquaculture
  Pacific Inland Atlantic Canada
Number of aquaculture establishments 151 79 333 563
Total volume of production (metric tonnes) 84,258 3,602 82,385 172,097
Total value of production ($'000) 507,490 18,505 427,264 962,895

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

[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] Aquaculture Inland production represents Ontario only

Species Highlights

Commercial Seafisheries Landings by Species Groups and Region, 2013
  Atlantic Pacific Canada
Total Volume of Landings (metric tonnes) 698,067 140,415 838,482
Groundfish 75,113 97,321 172,434
Pelagics 169,938 34,774 204,712
Shellfish 434,933 8,306 443,239
Other 18,083 14 18,097
Total Value of Landings ($'000) 1,995,595 256,148 2,251,743
Groundfish 165,109 120,978 286,087
Pelagics 111,108 45,433 156,541
Shellfish 1,703,324 89,653 1,792,977
Other 16,054 84 16,138

Aquaculture Production, Selected Species, 2013
  Volume (metric tonnes) Value ($'000) Main Producing Province
Salmon 100,027 634,254 British,Columbia
Trout 6,736 39,089 Ontario
Steelhead 682 4,635 British,Columbia
Clams 2,834 8,142 British,Columbia
Oysters 9,509 27,341 British,Columbia
Mussels 29,080 49,478 Prince,Edward,Island
Scallops 107 878 British Columbia
Total Aquaculture 172,097 962,895  

Source: Statistics Canada - Aquaculture Statistics (23-222-x)
Figures may not add up due to rounding

International Trade Statistics

International Trade in Fish and Seafood Products, 2013 and 2014

Top Product Exports, by Species
  Volume (metric tonnes) Value ($'000)
2013 2014 2013 2014
Lobster 62,910 74,581 1,150,203 1,522,300
Snow/Queen Crab 54,383 55,349 610,450 682,337
Shrimp 93,373 83,082 440,228 472,329
Atlantic Salmon 69,232 48,576 502,973 403,603
Scallops 6,290 7,831 150,268 195,976
Total Exports, All Species 592,883 571,127 4,397,566 4,914,422

Top Product Imports, by Species
  Volume (metric tonnes) Value ($'000)
2013 2014 2013 2014
Shrimp 48,598 52,723 527,972 694,277
Lobster 29,038 31,638 243,131 353,693
Skipjack/Bonito Tuna 35,769 33,849 191,460 168,853
Scallop 5,553 5,665 88,902 102,504
Sockeye Salmon 15,833 9,178 145,820 98,137
Total Imports, All Species 501,573 521,077 2,961,540 3,358,764