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Canadian fish and seafood products generated more than $3.9 billion in export revenues in 2010—about 85 percent of all the fish landed by Canadian fishers—an increase of more than 7 percent from 2009. Fish and seafood are the second largest group of food products exported from Canada.

Nearly two-thirds (over $2.4 billion) of these exports were destined for the United States. The European Union and Japan are also major markets since they imported Canadian fish and seafood valued at more than $400 million and $300 million respectively in 2010.  These two markets account for 18 percent of all Canadian fish and seafood exports.

China, Hong Kong and Iceland are increasingly popular export destinations. In 2010, fish and seafood valued at over $418 million were shipped to these three markets.

Canada’s five most valuable exports by species in 2010 were lobster, Atlantic salmon, snow/queen crab, shrimp and herring. In 2010, these species accounted for 49 percent of the volume (322,818 tonnes) and 63 percent of the value ($2.4 million) of all fish and seafood exports. Lobster continues to be the species that generated the most value in Canada, nearly $946 million.

In Quebec

Quebec is Canada’s fifth largest exporter of fish and seafood; it exported some 26,967 tonnes of marine products in 2010, valued at $246 million.

The three most valuable exports were lobster (3,534 t, valued at $78.2 million), snow crab (6,983 t, valued at $61.5 million) and shrimp (2,035 t, valued at $17.1 million).

Fisheries results for Quebec in 2010
Infoceans February-March 2011

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