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Canadian fish and seafood exports continue to grow

Staff Writer |
Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) released trade figures for fish and seafood products exported by Canada in 2017.

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The value of Canada's fish and seafood exports continued trending upward in 2017, with an overall increase of $312 million (5 percent) over the previous year, and total sales reaching $6.9 billion.

The largest growth market for Canada's exports was China, which saw a 25 percent ($194 million) increase from 2016, followed closely by Japan at 13 percent ($40 million). Exports to the U.S. were steady at a value of $4.3 billion.

Canada's top three species exported globally in 2017 were lobster ($2.1 billion), snow/queen crab ($1.0 billion), and Atlantic salmon ($909 million). These Canadian products, and many more, will be showcased at Seafood Expo North America in Boston, Massachusetts, from March 11-13, 2018.

Canada exported fish and seafood products to 137 countries last year. Canada's largest exports by value in 2017 were lobster, snow/queen crab, farmed Atlantic salmon, and shrimp.

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