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Quebec Bulletin
February - March 2015/Volume 18/Number 1

Commercial Fisheries — Preliminary Results, 2014 Season

The preliminary results for the 2014 commercial fishing season in Quebec show total landings of 57,800 tonnes (t) with a value of $203.4 million. This sets a record as the first time landed value in Quebec has exceeded $200 million. There was a 5% decrease in landed volume in 2014 and a 21% increase in value.

Total catch landings in Quebec from 1994 to 2014*
Total catch landings in Quebec from 1994 to 2014*

The decrease in landings is mainly due to decreased landings of Capelin (-93%), Redfish (-77%), Whelk (-34%), Arctic Surfclam (-13%) and Shrimp (-11%), although there was also a considerable increase in landings of Sea Cucumber (+57%), Greenland Halibut (+53%) and Lobster (+25%).

The significant increase in landed value is mainly due to an increase in the average landed prices of the three main species landed in Quebec. This increase was 21% for Snow Crab, 17% for Shrimp and 4% for Lobster, and it caused landed value to increase by 21% for Snow Crab, 4% for Shrimp and 30% for Lobster in 2014. For Lobster, the considerable increase in catch landings is also behind the increase in landed value.

Shrimp, Snow Crab and Lobster remain the main species landed with 69% of the landed volume and 85% of the landed value. Groundfish landings, mainly Greenland Halibut, account for 8% of the landed volume and 7% of the landed value.

Landings by species in 2014*

Volume (57 800 tonnes)

Shrimp 32%
Snow crab 28%
Lobster 9%
Groundfish 8%
Molluscs 8%
Others 15%
 

Value ($203,4 million)

Snow crab 44%
Lobster 25%
Shrimp 17%
Groundfish 7%
Molluscs 3%
Others 4%
 

Gaspé is Quebec’s primary marine sector, in both volume and landed value. In 2014, landings were as follows: 61% on the Gaspé Peninsula, 26% on the North Shore and 13% on the Magdalen Islands. Total landed values were $105 million on the Gaspé Peninsula (51% of the total), $52 million on the North Shore (26%) and $47 million in the Magdalen Islands (23%). These values are up 35% on the North Shore, 25% on the Magdalen Islands and 13% on the Gaspé Peninsula from 2013.

Landings by maritime sector in 2014*

Volume (57 800 tonnes)

Gaspe 61%
North Shore 26%
Magdalen Islands 13%
 

Value ($203,4 million)

Gaspe 51%
North Shore 26%
Magdalen Islands 23%
 

Shrimp, Snow Crab and Lobster were the main species landed in the Gaspé. Lobster was the main species landed in the Magdalen Islands, while Snow Crab was the main species caught on the North Shore.

*The data presented were updated on January 27, 2015. The data for 2014 do not include supplementary purchase slips (SPS) and discounts granted to some buyers. These data will be updated within the next few months.

Supplementary purchase slips (SPS) include all landings not reported on 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, sports fishing), fish processed by fish harvesters and fish used as bait.

Martial Ménard
Policy and Economics

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