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The preliminary results for the 2010 commercial fishing season in Quebec show total landings of 55,261 t with a value of $109.1 million. 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 67 percent of the volume and 82 percent of the value. Groundfish catches ranked fourth in 2010 representing 9 percent of both the volume and the value.


Breakdown of landings by species

Volume (55 261 t) Value (109,1 M$)
Breakdown of landings by species Breakdown of landings by species


Breakdown of landings by maritime sector

Volume (55 261 t) Value (109,1 M$)
Breakdown of landings by maritime sector Breakdown of landings by maritime sector


Landing value totalled $49.6 million on the Gaspé Peninsula (45% of all landings), $32.1 million on the Magdalen Islands (30%) and $26.8 million on the North Shore (25%). Shrimp and snow crab are the principal species landed on the Gaspé Peninsula. Lobster is the largest catch on the Magdalen Islands while snow crab dominates catches on the North Shore.

It is important to point out that 2010 was marked by a 6-percent drop in landing volume and a 9-percent drop in landing value. The drop in landing volume is primarily attributable to lower snow crab catches. Spurred not just by lower volumes, the lower landing value is also due to falling snow crab (-8%) and lobster prices (-7%).

*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
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