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The preliminary results for the 2009 commercial fishing season in Quebec show total landings of 58,450 t with a value of $118.3 M. It is important to point out that the landing value does not yet take into account supplementary purchase slips* and year-end discounts granted to some buyers. These data will be compiled within the next few months.

Shrimp, snow crab and lobster continued to be the main species landed, accounting for 69 percent of the volume and 84 percent of the value. Groundfish catches ranked fourth in 2009 representing 9 percent of the volume and 8 percent of the value.


Breakdown of landings by species

Volume (58,450 t) Value ($118.3 M)


Landings break down as follows: 65 percent on the Gaspé Peninsula, 23 percent on the North Shore and 12 percent on the Magdalen Islands. Landing value totalled $58.9 M on the Gaspé Peninsula (50% of all landings), $31.9 M on the Magdalen Islands (27%) and $27.2 M on the North Shore (23%).


Breakdown of landings by maritime sector

Volume (58,450 t) Value ($118.3 M)


Shrimp and snow crab are the principal species landed on the Gaspé Peninsula. Lobster is the main species landed on the Magdalen Islands while snow crab dominates catches on the North Shore.

It is important to point out that 2009 was marked by a significant drop in landing prices for snow crab (-22%), lobster (-21%) and shrimp (-8%), which explains why the landing value is so much lower.

*Supplementary purchase slips (SPS) include all landings that were not reported on the general purchase slips. This information is based on estimates drawn from four different sources: direct sales to the public, personal consumption (fish harvesters and their families, sport fishing), fish processed by fish harvesters and fish used as bait.

Martial Ménard
Policy and Economics