Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Quebec Region

Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Quebec Region

February 26, 2008 13:26 ET

Minister Hearn Announces Preliminary Highlights of 2007 Quebec Commercial Fishery Season

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Feb. 26, 2008) - The Honourable Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, today released preliminary results for the 2007 commercial fisheries season in Quebec(i). At the end of October 2007, the value of all species landed at all Quebec ports was $137 million, a rise of 18 per cent from the same period the year before. This increase in total value occurred despite total landings being approximately 53,000 tonnes, a decrease of 9 per cent.

"Our priority is to concentrate on the economic viability of the fishing industry and to seek to increase the value rather than volume," said Minister Hearn. "By working together to ensure the fundamentals of the fishery are strong here in Quebec, fish harvesters in the Gaspe, on the North Shore and in the Magdalen Islands have reason to be encouraged."

The rise in value is due mainly to an increase in landed prices for snow crab and lobster. The decrease in volume is due to a decrease in catches of a number of species, including snow crab, Gulf shrimp, molluscs and pelagic fish.

The average landed price for snow crab in Quebec reached $3.93 per kilogram, an increase of 54 per cent from the previous year. Other species, such as Gulf shrimp, cod, scallops, Greenland halibut and lobster posted smaller increases.

Last year in Gaspe, there was a 9 per cent increase in the total value of landings, owing to the higher value of snow crab and lobster. Gaspe fish harvesters saw a decrease of 11 per cent in the total volume of landings of the main species as snowcrab, lobster and Gulf shrimp.

In the Magdalen Islands, the value of landings rose 10 per cent, owing to the increase in snow crab and lobster prices. The volume of landings fell by 17 per cent. Snow crab and lobster alone made up 61 per cent of the volume and 93 per cent of the landings.

On the North Shore, the value of landings rose 56 per cent, owing mainly to the strong increase in the price for snow crab. The volume of landings fell by 2 per cent. Snow crab landings made up 48 per cent of the volume and 74 per cent of the value of all landings on the North Shore, all species combined.

(i) The results reported in this report are preliminary. They cover the months from January to October 2007. They, however, give an excellent portrait of the 2007 fishing season. At the same date in 2006, statistics represented approximately 98 per cent of the total landings value in Quebec.

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  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    Quebec Region
    Richard Lessard
    Senior Advisor
    Communications Branch