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Aquaculture, 2015

Released: 2016-11-17

Sales of aquaculture products and services increased 23.4% from 2014 to $907.4 million in 2015. The increase in sales was attributable to recovering salmon production following lower output in 2014.

Finfish sales, which accounted for 91.1% of sales of aquaculture products and services in 2015, increased 27.9% to $826.5 million.

The gross value added to the economy by the aquaculture industry decreased 32.5% from 2014 to $165.9 million. The decrease was largely the result of rising operating expenses.

The value of total exports of farmed salmon including fillets increased by 64.4%, while the value of farmed mussel exports increased by 5.2% compared with 2014.

  Note to readers

Aquaculture production and value data are provided annually from each of the provincial ministries responsible for aquaculture. Producers must report their production and value as part of their provincial licensing agreements.

Canadian export statistics are obtained from administrative records.

Revenue, expense and inventory data come from the 2015 Annual Survey of the Aquaculture Industry.


The publication Aquaculture Statistics, 2015 (Catalogue number23-222-X), is now available from the Browse by key resource module of our website under Publications.

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