Canadian Fish and Seafood

Supplying Value and Variety

Whether your customers are looking for wild or farmed, seafood or freshwater fish, crustaceans, molluscs or finfish, Canada can supply products to meet every taste and need. Bounded on three sides by oceans — the Pacific, the Arctic and the Atlantic — and home to the largest freshwater lake system in the world, Canada has the variety and quality your customers will appreciate.

Canada's clean, cold waters contain more than 160 species of fish and shellfish, and we export fresh, frozen, smoked and canned seafood products to every corner of the globe. Our seacoasts and lakes are especially suited to aquaculture, and this rapidly expanding industry supplies our customers with salmon, trout, mussels, oysters, clams, cod, halibut and scallops, usually within hours of leaving the water. Our dedication to quality and freshness has made Canadian aquaculture products famous around the world.

The call of quality

Our fishing tradition goes back more than four centuries, but we're always looking to the future, too. That's why Canadian seafood companies are constantly working to improve the quality of their products. Freezing-at-sea technology is used in the offshore shrimp fishery to preserve the catch as soon as it comes aboard. An individual quota system allows species such as halibut, sablefish and geoduck to be harvested to meet market demand, thus ensuring top quality and just-out-of-the-ocean freshness. New hyperbaric chamber technology is used to remove lobster shells so that the meat remains whole and ready for use. And for the health-food industry, Canada produces a variety of dietary supplements made with omega-3 concentrates.

Sustaining Canada's fisheries

Canada's fish and seafood industry is committed to careful stewardship of the ocean and freshwater environments, recognizing their importance as a food resource and the need for balance in the ecosystem. The Government of Canada is recognized around the world for its commitment to sustaining and developing the country's marine resources through habitat preservation, fisheries management and aquatic animal health programs. The Quality Management Program, a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP)-based system overseen by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, ensures the wholesomeness of Canadian fish and seafood products from ship or farm to supermarket — including processing, storage and transportation.

Taste the Canadian Difference

Harvested from some of the cleanest, most pristine waters in the world, Canadian fish and seafood products are known internationally for their variety, quality and value. For further information on Canada's seafood industry, please visit:

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Trade Statistics

The following tables represent Canada's total trade in a given export commodity based on Statistics Canada data. The product categories represent HS code groupings and have not been modified. In most cases, statistics have been presented at the 6 or 8 digit level. Statistics are presented in Canadian dollars and are complete through year end 2010.

Canada's Exports to All Countries (HS Code 03) - ($CAD)
  2007 2008 2009 2010 Growth 2007-2010
Fish and crustaceans 3,369,921,476 3,378,262,778 3,222,463,870 3,422,067,085 1.5%
Canada's Exports to All Countries (HS Code 03) - (Quantity, KGM)
  2007 2008 2009 2010 Growth 2007-2010
Fish and crustaceans 569,408,415 542,483,366 525,071,731 563,358,771 -1.1%
Canada's Monthly Exports to All Countries (HS Code 03, Value $CAD)
Month 2007 2008 2009 2010
Jan 190,758,767 159,634,043 178,064,808 176,564,751
Feb 184,021,773 178,148,980 176,962,967 184,452,456
Mar 197,900,504 171,705,196 188,901,065 193,992,541
Apr 216,659,588 199,770,209 218,757,400 206,251,501
May 444,686,837 370,151,701 394,368,013 406,045,901
Jun 448,032,045 507,769,385 451,785,473 441,522,540
Jul 382,627,470 391,822,150 351,168,790 388,124,787
Aug 327,214,107 344,096,284 288,668,612 345,899,524
Sep 283,005,634 300,653,489 256,115,935 315,929,462
Oct 240,371,682 282,699,434 243,488,055 275,671,879
Nov 209,291,966 226,741,403 219,326,602 216,456,685
Dec 245,351,103 245,070,504 254,856,150 271,155,058
TOTAL 3,369,921,476 3,378,262,778 3,222,463,870 3,422,067,085
Canada's Exports to All Countries by Province (HS Code 03, Value $CAD)
Province 2007 2008 2009 2010
Alberta 503,710 138,143 757,029 736,549
British Columbia 857,633,494 857,023,270 837,675,773 907,072,863
Manitoba 53,346,419 46,276,902 52,590,390 52,795,232
New Brunswick 534,529,446 594,769,043 561,500,799 619,565,206
Newfoundland and Labrador 645,498,373 709,683,667 652,835,385 708,225,226
Northwest Territories 145,193 154,864 852,597 681,649
Nova Scotia 898,472,679 791,907,359 771,132,704 737,373,401
Nunavut 709,094 1,090,149 575,648 224,250
Ontario 68,163,993 61,083,682 57,528,264 75,592,126
Prince Edward Island 153,347,454 155,325,475 125,329,043 152,349,128
Québec 157,397,523 157,509,035 154,539,874 162,823,128
Saskatchewan 95,759 3,183,091 6,908,065 4,389,902
Yukon 78,339 118,098 238,299 238,425
Canada's Top 10 Fish and Seafood Markets (HS Code 03, Value $CAD)
Country 2007 2008 2009 2010 Growth 2007-2010
TOTAL: 3,369,921,476 3,378,262,778 3,222,463,870 3,422,067,085 1.5%
United States 2,082,450,881 2,078,976,650 2,018,282,493 2,093,987,504 0.6%
Japan 292,752,813 288,304,622 259,244,996 296,666,573 1.3%
China 232,260,756 254,886,609 215,564,591 280,635,763 20.8%
Hong Kong 69,752,673 71,252,529 88,656,742 104,688,532 50.1%
Russia 55,749,104 88,998,424 61,874,318 88,008,151 57.9%
France 68,106,072 65,087,787 60,696,857 58,973,439 -13.4%
Denmark 102,237,415 69,694,271 54,518,596 53,865,988 -47.3%
United Kingdom 54,526,008 45,053,000 68,698,595 43,863,210 -19.6%
South Korea 36,961,087 34,831,188 33,730,427 36,532,793 -1.2%
Ukraine 22,177,535 30,418,690 29,184,246 33,243,808 49.9%