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:
- Fish and Seafood Online, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
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.
|Product ($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%|
|Product (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%|
|Newfoundland and Labrador||645,498,373||709,683,667||652,835,385||708,225,226|
|Prince Edward Island||153,347,454||155,325,475||125,329,043||152,349,128|