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Quebec Bulletin
February - March 2013/Volume 16/Number 1

Commercial Fisheries — Preliminary Results 2012 SEASON

In 2012, preliminary data for the commercial fishing season in Quebec show aggregate landings of 56,382 t with a value of $161.2 million. The landed value does not yet take into account supplementary purchase slips (SPS) and year-end discounts granted to some buyers. These data will be compiled within the next few months.

It is important to point out that 2012 was marked by a 5% increase in landing volume and an 8% increase in value. The increase in landing volume is mainly due to increased landings of snow crab (+ 37%) and herring (+ 14%), while the increase in landing value is attributable mostly to an appreciable hike in landing prices for shrimp (+ 29%) in 2012.

Shrimp, snow crab and lobster remain the most landed species with 65% of the landed volume and 85% of the landed value. Groundfish follow with 8% of the landed volume and value in 2012.

 

 

Breakdown of landings by species

Breakdown of landings by species
Volume (56,382 tonnes) Value ($161.2 M)
Part of the landing volume by species Shrimp, 34% Snow crab, 24% Pelagic fish, 15% Groundfish, 8% Molluscs, 8% Lobster, 7% Others, 4%
Part of the landing value by species Snow crab, 38% Lobster, 25% Shrimp, 22% Groundfish, 8% Molluscs, 3% Pelagic fish, 2% Others, 2%

Breakdown of landings by maritime sector

Breakdown of landings by maritime sector
Volume (56,382 tonnes) Value ($161.2 M)
Part of the landing volume by maritime sector Gaspé Peninsula, 61% North Shore, 27% Magdalen Islands, 12%
Part of the landing value by maritime sector   Gaspé Peninsula, 54% North Shore, 22% Magdalen Islands, 24%

Landing value totalled $86.8 million on the Gaspé Peninsula (54% of all landings), $35.4 million on the North Shore (22%) and $38.4 million on the Magdalen Islands (24%)

Shrimp, snow crab and lobster 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.

* 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
Politiques et économique
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