Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

March 18, 2011 14:56 ET

Canada's Fish and Seafood Exports Grow by More Than 7% in 2010

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 18, 2011) - Today, the Government of Canada officially released 2010 fish and seafood export figures and re-launched a new and improved www.sustainable-seafood.ca website.

"Fish and seafood is Canada's second largest single food export commodity," said Minister Shea. "Our government is working with all stakeholders to ensure the sustainability of our fisheries. Consumers can be confident that Canadian products are among the best in the world."

Canada's fisheries are a valuable natural resource and a significant driver of our economy. Canadian fish and seafood products are exported around the world and generated more than $3.9 billion in export revenues in 2010, an increase of more than 7% from 2009. "The increase in Canada's landings and exports for 2010 demonstrates the trust consumers place in our products worldwide. We are proud of this industry and will continue to support it," added Minister Shea.

Nearly two-thirds (over $2.4 billion) of Canadian fish and seafood exports in 2010 were destined for the United States. The European Union and Japan followed with imports of Canadian products valued at more than $400 million and $300 million respectively.

Canada's five most valuable exports by species in 2010 were lobster, Atlantic salmon, snow/queen crab, shrimp and herring.

The Government of Canada, including Fisheries and Oceans Canada, will take this success story to a global audience this weekend at the International Boston Seafood Show. Read more about Canada's commitment to sustainability in our wild capture fishery and aquaculture sectors at www.sustainable-seafood.ca.

For more information about Canadian fish and seafood exports and other useful statistics, consult the backgrounder on the Fisheries and Oceans website or visit http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/stats/stats-eng.htm.

Backgrounder:

-- Provincial and Territorial Statistics on Canada's Fish and Seafood Exports in 2010 : http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/media/back-fiche/2011/hq-ac05a-eng.htm

For broadcast:

Canada's fish and seafood exports grew by more than 7% in 2010. The news came from the Government of Canada today as it officially released 2010 fish and seafood export figures. The United States remains the number one destination for Canadian fish and seafood products, taking in nearly two-thirds of exports last year. Canadian industry and government officials from various levels will be in Boston this weekend to promote Canadian fisheries and aquaculture at the International Boston Seafood Show which opens on Sunday. 

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