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Commercial fisheries

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Data on Canada's marine commercial fisheries are presented in three categories: landings, licences (fishers, vessels and species) and Atlantic quota reports.


A landing refers to the part of the fish catch that is put ashore. Information covers both volume and value of fish landings in Canada from 1989 to 2020.


Data includes the number of commercial fishing licences issued by Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and the number of registered fishers and vessels. Information for the Atlantic Provinces is available from 1983 onwards, and for the Pacific Region from 1985 onwards.

Quota Reports (Atlantic)

The Canadian Atlantic quota reports are currently available from 2000 to 2012. Any questions related to these reports can be sent to

Fisheries and Oceans Canada is organized into six administrative regions (Pacific, Central and Arctic, Quebec, Gulf, Maritimes and Newfoundland and Labrador). The Canadian Atlantic Quota Report (CAQR) presents the summary of quotas and catches by species for five of these six regions (Atlantic-based only). The catch data is based on fishing seasons (e.g. April 1 to March 31) that do not necessarily coincide with a calendar year. Additionally, the commercial landings in the CAQR include sentinel fisheries and Food, Social and Ceremonial (FSC) fisheries.

These attributes differentiate the CAQR from the Commercial landings reports where all data is collected by calendar year and does not include sentinel or FSC fisheries.


Canadian Fisheries Statistics provides an annual statistical snapshot of Canadian fisheries.

The Economic Outlook includes a summary of factors that may affect Canadian fisheries as well as economic indicators for Canada's key markets.

The Cost and Earnings Survey, that collected information on activities related to fishing operations.

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