Aquaculture Production Quantities and Value
In this section, you will find data provided by Statistics Canada on the volume and value of aquaculture production from 1986 to 2020. Data are organized by species and province.
- From 1986-1990, the species were divided by Finfish and Shellfish, and organized under the following categories: Atlantic, Chinook, Coho, Trout, Steelhead, Clams, Oysters, Mussels, and Scallops. From 1991 onward, salmon are grouped under a single category.
- From 1996-2012, re-stocking was added as a separate category. Starting in 2013, sales to outfitters are no longer provided separately and are included in trout.
Canadian aquaculture has grown over time. From 1991 to 2020, total production grew from about 50,000 tons to 171,000 tons in volume and $234 million to $1.0 billion in value. Industry production is oriented towards finfish, as they accounted for 82 per cent of total volume and 92 per cent of value in 2020.
The vast majority of finfish production, by both volume and value, is salmon. In terms of shellfish, mussels are the most farmed species. However, while mussels accounted for 9.9 per cent of total aquaculture volumes in 2020, they accounted for just 2.9 per cent of total value.
Roughly 60 per cent of total production volumes and value in 2020 originated in British Columbia. This is followed by New Brunswick (12 per cent of volume and 13 per cent of value), Prince-Edward-Island (11 per cent of volume and 4 per cent of value), and Nova Scotia (9 per cent of volume and 7 per cent of value).
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