Minister Shea celebrates strong exports of Canadian fish and seafood products

17 Mar 2010
Canada’s exports of fish and seafood products totalled more than $3.6 billion in 2009. Credit: JP3G

Canada’s exports of fish and seafood products totalled more than $3.6 billion in 2009. Credit: JP3G

Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada has released the preliminary trade figures for Canada’s exports of fish and seafood products in 2009, which totalled more than $3.6 billion.

Seafood is one of the largest single food commodities exported by Canada - with close to two-thirds of Canada’s exports destined for markets in the United States and another 22 per cent predominantly destined for European countries and Japan. In terms of value, the top five exported species by Canadian industries are lobster, snow/queen crab, Atlantic salmon, shrimp/prawn, and herring.

The preliminary international trade figures for Canada’s fish and seafood exports were released during the annual International Boston Seafood Show taking place from 14-16 March 2010. The event is the largest North American fish and seafood trade show, which attracts the participation of thousands of seafood buyers and sellers from around the world.

During the Show’s opening day, Minister Shea met with Canadian exporters and US importers of Canadian fish and seafood products to discuss market-related issues and promote the methods used by Canada’s industries to sustainably harvest and farm fish and seafood resources. The Minister also toured the exhibits and participated in the official opening of the Atlantic Canada pavilion with her colleague, the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway.

More detailed information about Canada’s fish and seafood exports can be found at www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/stats/stats-eng.htm.

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