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Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc delivered the opening keynote presentation. Click here to view a video of his address.
CBC Interviews Chief Bob Chamberlin, Ted Walkus and Donald Davis. Click here for the story.
Overview of NAFFIII
Fisheries and aquaculture activities generate over $100 million in revenues for First Nations and employ several thousand Indigenous persons on the Atlantic Coast, Pacific Coast, the North and inland.
Indigenous communities are important players in the fisheries and aquaculture sector in marine fisheries on the Atlantic and Pacific and inland freshwater fisheries. Indigenous fisheries employ 4000 persons and generate landed value of $240 million. Some communities are also engaged in processing and marketing activities and many other communities have indicated intent to expand activities into the processing, marketing or service aspects of the sector.
The Canadian seafood sector is one of the largest in the world, with over $6 billion in export value in 2015. The sector employs more than 80 000 direct jobs.
In Atlantic Canada and Quebec, commercial fisheries landings are valued at $2.4 billion, Pacific fisheries at $391 million, Freshwater landings at $63 Million and aquaculture production valued over $700 million.
The seafood sector is a mainstay in rural inland and coastal areas of Canada. The sector is the main employer in many coastal areas of Atlantic Canada, British Columbia and in many of the lake areas of northern Ontario, the prairies and the north.
The Canadian seafood sector is also, by necessity, an export sector. It has been this way since the days of John Cabot. Canadians simply do not consume the quantity of seafood products it produces. Today, exports about 75% of its fisheries and aquaculture production and these exports had a value of $6 billion in 2015.
Canada exports to over 130 countries around the world. The main market for Canadian seafood products has historically been the United States but Canada has slowly been diversifying its markets. Today, the US accounts for about 65% of Canada’s exports, Asia 17% (China 11%, Japan 4%, Hong Kong 2%) and the European Union 10%.
The Canadian fisheries and aquaculture sectors are based on responsible fishing and sustainable development.