Canada’s world-class fish and seafood products on display and in demand
“Canada is proud to showcase its fish and seafood products at the Boston Seafood Expo because they are among the best in the world in terms of quality, safety and sustainability. The Government of Canada recognizes our fish and seafood sector as a vital part of our economy as well as a key part of our cultural identity. We will continue to invest in science, research and innovation to ensure our fisheries and aquaculture operations remain sustainable and healthy for future generations.”
The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson
Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
“I’m honoured to be representing the Government of Canada at this year’s Seafood Expo North America. Canada’s fish and seafood industry is a vital part of our economy and our communities. With growing global demand for our world-class fish and seafood products, I’m looking forward to working closely with the provinces and territories and industry stakeholders to help bolster the future of the sector through strategic partnerships, investments, innovations and clean technologies.”
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
“The world wants – and needs – more Canada. Canadian businesses in the fish and seafood sector are in demand for their high-quality products and through our 14 trade agreements, they now have access to over 1.5 billion customers. When Canada’s fish and seafood sector grows through exporting, the economy thrives and good jobs are created. That’s why our government invested in a $1.1 billion Export Diversification Strategy to help Canadian businesses become export ready.”
The Honourable Mary Ng
Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion
Canada exported fish and seafood products to 139 countries last year. The United States remains Canada’s largest export market, accounting for 62 percent of our exports valued at $4.3 billion.
Fish and seafood are among the largest single food commodities exported by Canada. Canada’s most valuable exports by species in 2018 were lobster, Atlantic salmon, snow/queen crab, and shrimp.
In 2018, these species represented 66 percent ($4.5 billion) of the total value and 45 percent (271 thousand tonnes) of the total volume of fish and seafood exports. Lobster remains Canada’s most valuable species exported, worth over $2 billion in 2018.
Office of the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
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