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In order to monitor fisheries-related activities and identify trends over time, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) collects and compiles statistics related to aquaculture, commercial fisheries, recreational fishing and trade (imports/exports). Statistics play a key role in the Department’s decision-making processes, helping to ensure sustainable management of Canada’s aquatic resources.

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Methodology, data sources and contacts

Statistical reports and publications

Contact us

For support with national statistics, please contact the Statistical Services Unit by email,

Regional statistics

DFO has six regional headquarter offices. They publish statistics on DFO’s operations in each region.  An example of a statistic is the number of fishing licences that were issued or how many commercial fishing vessels were registered.

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