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March, 2015

The fish and seafood sectors are among the largest food sectors exported by Canada.  In 2014, Canada exported $4.9 billion of fish and seafood products, an increase of $517 million from 2013. Approximately 85 percent of all fish landed by Canadian harvesters are exported to foreign markets.

International trade figures show that 63 percent of Canadian fish and seafood exports were destined for the United States at a value of $3.1 billion in 2014. The People’s Republic of China and the European Union were also important export markets in 2014, accounting for $508 million and $459 million worth of exports respectively. These two markets accounted for 19 percent of total Canadian fish and seafood exports worldwide.

Canada’s largest exports by species were lobster, snow/queen crab, shrimp and farmed Atlantic salmon. In 2014, these species represented 63 percent ($3.1 billion) of the total value and 46 percent (262 thousand tonnes) of the total volume of fish and seafood exports. Lobster remains Canada’s top export species in terms of value, with $1.5 billion of exports in 2014.

In 2014, provincially, the largest exporter of fish and seafood products was Nova Scotia, followed by New Brunswick, British Columbia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Quebec and Prince Edward Island.

Details about the 2014 provincial and territorial exports of fish and seafood products are presented below:

Nova Scotia

  • Canada’s largest exporter of fish and seafood, with exports valued at $1.3 billion (19% increase over the previous year).
  • Exported 125,157 tonnes (t) of fish and seafood.
  • Top three exports by value were lobster (34,531 t valued at $579.6 million), scallop (6,416 t valued at $164.0 million), and snow/queen crab (9,131 t valued at $114.1 million).

New Brunswick

  • Canada’s second largest exporter of fish and seafood, with exports valued at $1.1 billion (8% increase over the previous year).
  • Exported 88,959 tonnes (t) of fish and seafood.
  • Top three exports by value were lobster (25,517 t valued at $631.2 million), farmed Atlantic salmon (16,090 t valued at $148.6 million) and snow/queen crab (10,325 t valued at $128.3 million).

British Columbia

  • Canada’s third largest exporter of fish and seafood, with exports valued at $981.9 million (10% increase over the previous year).
  • Exported 151,405 tonnes of fish and seafood.
  • Top three exports by value were farmed Atlantic salmon (32,394 t valued at $254.3 million), crab (5,912 t valued at $99.9 million) and sockeye salmon (11,425 t valued at $90.3 million).

Newfoundland and Labrador

  • Canada’s fourth largest exporter of fish and seafood, with exports valued at $874.3 million in 2014 (6% increase over the previous year).
  • Exported 134.2 tonnes of fish and seafood.
  • Top three exports by value were snow/queen crab (27,252 t valued at $335.1 million), shrimp (47,022 t valued at $256.9 million) and Greenland turbot (10,829 t valued at $58.6 million).

Quebec

  • Canada’s fifth largest exporter of fish and seafood, with exports valued at $271.7 million in 2014 (14% increase over the previous year).
  • Exported 23,156 tonnes of fish and seafood.
  • Top three exports by value were snow/queen crab (8,622 t valued at $104.5 million), lobster (3,475 t valued at $80.0 million) and shrimp (1,603 t valued at $20.0 million).

Prince Edward Island

  • Canada’s sixth largest exporter of fish and seafood, with exports valued at $261.8 million (28% increase over the previous year).
  • Exported 25,118 tonnes of fish and seafood.
  • Top three exports by value were lobster (9,357 t valued at $199.3 million), farmed mussel (12,677 t valued at $40.0 million) and farmed oyster (826 t valued at $5.9 million).

Ontario

  • Canada’s seventh largest exporter of fish and seafood, with exports valued at $112.2 million (11% increase over the previous year).
  • Exported approximately 15,894 tonnes of fish and seafood.
  • Top three exports by value were pickerel (1,837 t valued at $18.8 million), perch (1,169 t valued at $14.6 million) and whitefish (1,862 t valued at $13.6 million).

Manitoba

  • Canada’s eighth largest exporter of fish and seafood, with exports valued at $57.3 million (2% increase over the previous year).
  • Exported approximately 5,821 tonnes of fish and seafood.
  • Top three exports by value were perch (1,723 t valued at $33.2 million), whitefish (1,326 t valued at $7.8 million) and pickerel (93 t valued at $1.1 million).

Saskatchewan

  • Canada’s ninth largest exporter of fish and seafood, with exports valued at $6.3 million (18% increase over the previous year).
  • Exported approximately 797 tonnes of fish and seafood.
  • Top three exports by value were farmed rainbow trout (475 t valued at $4.0 million), lobster (24 t valued at $330.4 thousand) and Atlantic cod (68 t valued at $204 thousand).

Alberta 

  • Canada’s tenth largest exporter of fish and seafood, with exports valued at $5.8 million (22% decrease over the previous year).
  • Exported approximately 64 tonnes of fish and seafood.
  • Top three exports by value were herring (14 t valued at $85.4 thousand), sea urchin (1 t valued at $81 thousand) and spring salmon (2 t valued at $43.8 thousand).

Nunavut

  • Canada’s eleventh largest exporter of fish and seafood, with exports valued at $1.9 million (22% increase over the previous year).
  • Exported approximately 295 tonnes of fish and seafood.
  • Top exports by value were Greenland halibut (289 t valued at $1.8 million) and salmonidae species (1 t valued at $37 thousand).

Northwest Territories

  • Canada’s twelfth largest exporter of fish and seafood, with exports valued at $1.4 million (358% increase over the previous year).
  • Exported approximately 271 tonnes of fish and seafood.
  • Exports were shrimp (212 t valued at $798.2 thousand), clam (37 t valued at $377.2 thousand) and crab (20 t valued at $223.2 thousand).

Yukon

  • Canada’s thirteenth largest exporter of fish and seafood, with exports valued at $146.7 thousand (0.4% decrease over the previous year).
  • Exported approximately 33 tonnes of fish and seafood.

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