Canada's Fisheries Fast Facts 2015

Fast Facts 2015 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 2014

Gross Value of Outputs ($'000)
Commercial sea and freshwater fisheries landings 2,840,915
Aquaculture production 733,370
Seafood product preparation & packaging revenues 1 4,333,696

Employment (number of persons)
Commercial fish harvesters and crew 40,940
Aquaculture 3,205
Seafood product preparation & packaging 2 31,899

Commercial Seafisheries
Total volume of landings (metric tonnes) 849,596
Total value of landings ($'000) 2,777,965

Commercial Freshwater Fisheries
Total volume of landings (metric tonnes) 27,170
Total value of landings ($'000) 62,950

International Trade Statistics ($'000)
Total value of fish and seafood exports (2015) 5,958,905
Total value of fish and seafood imports (2015) 3,520,114
Trade balance 2,438,791
[1] Statistics Canada. CANSIM Table 301-0008. 2013 data (2014 data not available at time of publication)
[2] Statistics Canada. CANSIM Table 301-0008. Employment data for 2014 are estimated by DFO.

Regional Overview3

Landings and Production Statistics, 2014

Commercial Sea and Freshwater Fisheries
  Pacific Inland Atlantic Canada
Number of registered fishing vessels 4 2,514 114 15,622 18,250
Total volume of landings (metric tonnes) 162,968 27,170 686,628 876,766
Total value of landings ($'000) 390,542 62,950 2,387,423 2,840,915

Aquaculture
  Pacific Inland Atlantic Canada
Number of aquaculture establishments 222 160 556 938
Total volume of production (metric tonnes) 66,403 5,970 61,210 133,583
Total value of production ($'000) 411,941 31,043 290,386 733,370

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

[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, 2014
  Atlantic Pacific Canada
Total Volume of Landings (metric tonnes) 686,628 162,968 849,596
Groundfish 81,263 86,054 167,317
Pelagics 154,963 63,430 218,393
Shellfish 433,218 13,484 446,702
Other 17,184 0 17,184
Total Value of Landings ($'000) 2,387,423 390,542 2,777,965
Groundfish 182,988 119,285 302,273
Pelagics 88,527 135,662 224,189
Shellfish 2,100,485 135,595 2,236,080
Other 15,423 0 15,423

Aquaculture Production, Selected Species, 2014
  Volume (metric tonnes) Value ($'000) Main Producing Province
Salmon 78,979 547,762 British,Columbia
Trout 6,698 37,612 Ontario
Steelhead 790 5,917 British,Columbia
Clams 1,626 6,408 British,Columbia
Oysters 12,604 29,580 British,Columbia
Mussels 25,464 45,091 Prince,Edward,Island
Scallops 114 654 British Columbia
Total Aquaculture 133,583 733,370  

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, 2014 and 2015

Top Product Exports, by Species
  Volume (metric tonnes) Value ($'000)
2014 2015 2014 2015
Lobster 74,392 82,741 1,518,997 2,031,179
Snow/Queen Crab 55,349 53,051 682,337 720,445
Atlantic Salmon 48,576 84,326 403,603 675,402
Shrimp 83,625 85,312 474,858 558,201
Scallop 7,831 8,286 195,976 201,685
Total Exports, All Species 571,513 619,503 4,913,943 5,958,905

Top Product Imports, by Species
  Volume (metric tonnes) Value ($'000)
2014 2015 2014 2015
Shrimp 52,712 54,301 694,240 640,604
Lobster 31,652 30,542 353,871 419,830
Skipjack/Bonito Tuna 33,854 35,694 168,906 189,292
Sockeye Salmon 9,178 12,470 98,140 137,170
Scallop 5,666 4,487 102,517 98,240
Total Imports, All Species 521,085 510,010 3,359,537 3,520,114