Canada's Fisheries Fast Facts 2016

Fast Facts 2016 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 2015

Gross Value of Outputs ($'000)
Commercial sea and freshwater fisheries landings 3,260,228
Aquaculture production 967,441
Seafood product preparation & packaging revenues 5,264,756

Employment (number of persons)
Commercial fish harvesters and crew 42,507
Aquaculture 3,316
Seafood product preparation & packaging 26,396

Commercial Seafisheries
Total volume of landings (metric tonnes) 837,746
Total value of landings ($'000) 3,196,060

Commercial Freshwater Fisheries
Total volume of landings (metric tonnes) 27,965
Total value of landings ($'000) 64,168

International Trade Statistics ($'000)
Total value of fish and seafood exports (2016) 6,551,382
Total value of fish and seafood imports (2016) 3,769,459
Trade balance 2,781,923
Source: Statistics on Aquaculture, Seafood processing, and International Trade are compiled from Statistics Canada surveys.

Regional Overview

Landings and Production Statistics, 2015

Commercial Sea and Freshwater Fisheries 1
  Pacific Inland Atlantic Canada
Number of registered fishing vessels 2 2,396 114 15,400 17,910
Total volume of landings (metric tonnes) 149,779 27,965 687,967 865,711
Total value of landings ($'000) 355,833 64,168 2,840,228 3,260,229

Aquaculture
  Pacific Inland Atlantic Canada
Number of aquaculture establishments 222 157 503 882
Total volume of production (metric tonnes) 102,385 4,890 78,369 187,374
Total value of production ($'000) x 25,400 389,797 967,441

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

x: Confidential
[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, 2015
  Atlantic Pacific Canada
Total Volume of Landings (metric tonnes) 687,967 149,779 837,746
Groundfish 82,330 87,049 169,379
Pelagics 160,709 44,491 205,200
Shellfish 430,455 18,240 448,695
Other 14,472 0 14,472
Total Value of Landings ($'000) 2,840,228 355,833 3,196,060
Groundfish 216,132 146,379 362,510
Pelagics 101,670 68,634 170,305
Shellfish 2,507,190 140,820 2,648,010
Other 15,235 0 15,235

Aquaculture Production, 2015
  Volume (metric tonnes) Value ($'000) Main Producing Province
Salmon 121,926 668,655 British Columbia
Trout 7,062 40,264 Ontario
Steelhead 718 2,495 British Columbia
Other finfish 1,177 14,406 Nova Scotia
Clams 2,402 9,160 British Columbia
Oysters 11,153 36,547 British Columbia
Mussels 22,725 43,342 Prince Edward Island
Scallops 31 314 British Columbia
Other shellfish 32 223 Quebec
Total Aquaculture 187,374 967,441  

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, 2015 and 2016

Top Product Exports, by Species
  Volume (metric tonnes) Value ($'000)
2015 2016 2015 2016
Lobster 82,871 83,752 2,033,547 2,148,407
Atlantic Salmon 84,459 95,201 676,698 966,841
Snow/Queen Crab 53,051 47,732 720,445 809,675
Shrimp 85,864 66,094 562,757 465,327
Scallop 8,286 5,991 201,685 178,931
Total Exports, All Species 621,480 639,465 5,972,270 6,551,382

Top Product Imports, by Species
  Volume (metric tonnes) Value ($'000)
2015 2016 2015 2016
Shrimp 54,229 51,097 640,322 633,314
Lobster 30,542 31,700 419,830 436,185
Skipjack/Bonito Tuna 35,686 34,663 189,262 191,006
Sockeye Salmon 13,471 16,755 137,177 162,671
Atlantic Salmon 6,038 12,018 49,005 119,027
Total Imports, All Species 509,725 530,584 3,515,862 3,769,459

Source: Statistics Canada, Canadian International Merchandise Trade Database.