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Shellfish harvester


Fisheries and Oceans Canada wishes to remind the public of some important regulations related to shellfish harvesting and of the risks associated with the consumption of shellfish from closed areas:

  • Consumption of contaminated shellfish can cause serious illness that could result in paralysis or even death.
  • Shellfish harvesting is strictly prohibited in closed areas and within 125 metres of a wharf, due to risk of contamination.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada carefully monitors closed harvesting areas and shellfish harvesting activities. Poaching activities can be reported by calling 1-800-463-9057. Your call is confidential.

For the latest information on closed and open harvesting areas, please call one of the following numbers:

From Île-aux-Coudres to Baie-Trinité : 1-800-463-8558
From Baie-Trinité to Blanc-Sablon : 1-800-463-1736
From Saint-Roch-des-Aulnaies to Cap-Gaspé : 1-800-463-0607
From Cap-Gaspé to Matapédia River : 1-800-463-4204
Magdalen Islands : 418-986-3882


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Snowcrab fishing


Canadian fish and seafood exports totalled more than $3.6 billion in 2009.

Seafood is one of the largest single food commodities exported by Canada. In 2009, two-thirds of Canada’s exports of these products – worth over $2.3 billion – went to markets in the United States. The European Union imported more than $416 million – about 11 percent of Canada’s exports, while Japan remained the third largest commercial partner, importing more than $264 million worth of Canadian seafood. 

The Hong Kong (nearly $90 million) and Iceland ($18.4 million) markets grew in 2009; exports to those markets increased by 24 percent and 89 percent respectively compared to 2008.

In terms of value, the top five exported species by Canadian industries were lobster, snow crab, Atlantic salmon, shrimp and herring. These species accounted for 49 percent of the volume and 63 percent of the value of all seafood product exports.  Lobster continues to be the exported species that generates the greatest value in Canada with exports totalling $800 million in 2009.

In Quebec
Quebec is Canada’s fifth largest exporter of fish and seafood products. Exports reached 28,924 tonnes, worth $239.8 million. The exported species that generated the greatest value in 2009 were snow crab (9,133 t, worth $78.2 million), lobster (2,031 t, worth $42.6 million) and shrimp (1.727 t, worth $16.2 million).

Minister Shea celebrates strong exports of Canadian fish and seafood products
News Release – March 15, 2010

Provincial and territorial breakdown of Canada’s fish and seafood exports in 2009
Backgrounder – March 2010

Canadian fish and seafood exports and imports

JOBS at the Canadian Coast Guard

The Canadian Coast Guard offers some interesting career opportunities.

Here are just a few of them:

  • Electronics technician
  • Engine room rating
  • Deckhand/Helms (man/woman)
  • Marine communications and traffic services officer
  • Marine engineer
  • Navigation officer

For more information:

Marinfo (Career section)
1-866-660-6948 (toll free)