For more information about Canadian fish and seafood exports and other useful statistics, consult the backgrounder Provincial and Territorial Statistics on Canada's Fish and Seafood Exports in 2012 on the Fisheries and Oceans website or visit http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/stats/stats-eng.htm.
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-- Provincial and Territorial Statistics on Canada's Fish and Seafood Exports in 2012
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The Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, today released the 2012 trade figures for Canada's exports of fish and seafood products. Canada exported $4.14 billion in fish and seafood products last year, an increase of $41 million from 2011. Fish and seafood is one of the largest single food commodities exported by Canada. The sector currently employs approximately 80,000 Canadians who are involved in commercial fishing, aquaculture and processing activities.
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PROVINCIAL AND TERRITORIAL STATISTICS ON CANADA'S FISH AND SEAFOOD EXPORTS IN 2012
Fish and seafood are among the largest single food commodities exported by Canada. In 2012, Canada exported $4.1 billion of fish and seafood products, an increase of $41 million from 2011. Approximately 85 percent of all fish landed by Canadian harvesters are exported to foreign markets.
International trade figures show that 62 percent of Canadian fish and seafood exports were destined for the United States at a value of $2.6 billion. The People's Republic of China and the European Union were important export markets in 2012, accounting for $439 million and $343 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, Atlantic salmon and shrimp. In 2012, these species represented 61 percent of the total value ($2.5 billion) and 48 percent of the total volume (284 tonnes) of fish and seafood exports. Lobster remains Canada's top export species in terms of value, with $1 billion of exports in 2012.
Provincially, the largest exporter of fish and seafood products was New Brunswick, followed by Nova Scotia, British Columbia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Quebec and Prince Edward Island.
Details about the 2012 provincial and territorial exports of fish and seafood products are presented below:
-- Canada's largest exporter of fish and seafood, with exports valued at $967.2 million.-- Exported 105,522 tonnes (t) of fish and seafood.-- Top three exports by value were lobster (22,058 t valued at $475.4 million), farmed Atlantic salmon (35,620 t valued at $210.8 million) and snow/queen crab (8,736 t valued at $99.1 million).
-- Canada's second largest exporter of fish and seafood, with exports valued at $915.4 million.-- Exported 111,330 tonnes of fish and seafood.-- Top three exports by value were lobster (25,924 t valued at $373.5 million), snow/queen crab (8,945 t valued at $100.7 million) and scallop (4,332 t valued at $98.2 million).