Canada's Fisheries Fast Facts 2017

Fast Facts 2017 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 2016

Gross Value of Outputs ($'000)
Commercial sea and freshwater fisheries landings 3,375,592
Aquaculture production1 1,347,311
Seafood product preparation & packaging revenues 6,242,271

Employment (number of persons)
Commercial fish harvesters and crew 44,342
Aquaculture1 3,340
Seafood product preparation & packaging 28,718

Commercial Seafisheries
Total volume of landings (metric tonnes) 848,165
Total value of landings ($'000) 3,301,372

Commercial Freshwater Fisheries
Total volume of landings (metric tonnes) 30,382
Total value of landings ($'000) 74,220

International Trade Statistics ($'000)
Total value of fish and seafood exports (2017) 6,864,988
Total value of fish and seafood imports (2017) 3,860,796
Trade balance 3,004,192
[1] Aquaculture, Seafood processing, and International Trade statistics are sourced from Statistics Canada, CANSIM Table 003-0001 and 301-0008 and the Canadian International Merchandise Trade Database, respectively.

Regional Overview 2

Landings and Production Statistics, 2016

Commercial Sea and Freshwater Fisheries
  Pacific Inland Atlantic Canada
Number of registered fishing vessels 3 2,427 114 15,276 17,817
Total volume of landings (metric tonnes) 182,983 30,382 665,182 878,547
Total value of landings ($'000) 351,670 74,220 2,949,702 3,375,592

Aquaculture
  Pacific Inland Atlantic Canada
Number of aquaculture establishments 4 243 166 508 917
Total volume of production (metric tonnes) 102,325 5,440 90,540 200,565
Total value of production ($'000) x 32,500 224,375 1,347,311

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
[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] Source: Statistics Canada, Survey of Aquaculture Industry, unpublished data.

Species Highlights

Commercial Seafisheries Landings by Species Groups and Region, 2016
  Atlantic Pacific Canada
Total Volume of Landings (metric tonnes) 665,182 182,983 848,165
Groundfish 86,480 119,767 206,247
Pelagics 167,751 48,967 216,718
Shellfish 394,767 14,249 409,016
Other 16,185 0 16,185
Total Value of Landings ($'000) 2,949,702 351,670 3,301,372
Groundfish 221,360 152,007 373,367
Pelagics 114,010 87,606 201,616
Shellfish 2,598,937 112,057 2,710,994
Other 15,396 0 15,396

Aquaculture Production, 2016
  Volume (metric tonnes) Value ($'000) Main Producing Province
Salmon 123,522 1,022,127 British Columbia
Trout 9,507 56,275 Ontario
Steelhead 0 0
Other finfish 1,237 14,705 Nova Scotia
Clams 1,962 7,076 British Columbia
Oysters 13,824 39,693 British Columbia
Mussels 24,584 37,736 Prince Edward Island
Scallops 38 392 Quebec
Other shellfish 103 2,702 Nova Scotia
Total Aquaculture 200,565 1,347,311  

Aquaculture production statistics are sourced from Statistics Canada, CANSIM Table 003-0001
Figures may not add up due to rounding

International Trade Statistics

International Trade in Fish and Seafood Products, 2016 and 2017

Top Product Exports, by Species
  Volume (metric tonnes) Value ($'000)
2016 2017 2016 2017
Lobster 83,757 84,390 2,148,504 2,125,996
Snow/Queen Crab 47,732 48,924 809,670 1,011,432
Atlantic Salmon 95,215 84,586 966,850 908,847
Shrimp 66,325 39,829 466,170 472,035
Crab 17,536 22,905 285,301 461,711
Total Exports, All Species 640,043 597,492 6,553,488 6,864,988

Top Product Imports, by Species
  Volume (metric tonnes) Value ($'000)
2016 2017 2016 2017
Shrimp 51,097 55,991 633,315 708,482
Salmon 19,337 20,304 272,075 312,015
Lobster 31,715 24,628 436,438 304,498
Skipjack/Bonito Tuna 34,598 32,183 190,650 199,207
Sockeye Salmon 16,755 14,877 162,671 171,680
Total Imports, All Species 530,882 534,000 3,770,472 3,860,796

Source: Statistics Canada, Canadian International Merchandise Trade Database.