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2011 Commercial fisheries
Preliminary results

The preliminary results for the 2011 commercial fishing season in Quebec show total landings of 52,677 t with a value of $144 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.

The first two graphics show that shrimp, snow crab and lobster continue to be the main species landed, accounting for 65 percent of the volume and 84 percent of the value. Groundfish catches ranked fourth in 2011, representing 9 percent of the volume and 9 percent of the value.


Breakdown of landings by species

Volume (52 677 t) Value ($144 M)
Breakdown of landings by species Breakdown of landings by species

Landings break down as follows: 63 percent on the Gaspé Peninsula, 25 percent on the North Shore and 12 percent on the Magdalen Islands. Landing value totalled $68.2 million on the Gaspé Peninsula (48% of all landings), $39.4 million on the North Shore (27%) and $35.9 million on the Magdalen Islands (25%).


Breakdown of landings by maritime sector

Volume (52 677 t)   Value ($144 M )
Breakdown of landings by maritime sector Breakdown of landings by maritime sector


In terms of value, 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 2011 was marked by a 5-percent drop in landing volume and a 24-percent increase in value. The drop in landing volume is primarily attributable to lower catches of several species: mackerel (- 47%), cod (- 23%), lobster (-11%), shrimp (- 8%), snow crab (- 7%) and Greenland halibut (- 7%). As for the increase in landing values, it is primarily due to a significant increase in the landing prices paid for snow crab (+ 68%), shrimp (+ 34%) and lobster (+ 14%) in 2011.

1 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
Policies and Economics
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