wooden lobster traps
New Brunswick Canada (credit NOAA)


Canadian commercial fishermen harvest a wide range of seafood from some of the world’s most productive waters.

Commercial fisheries exist in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Nunavut, Northwest Territories, and Yukon.

According to Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), the majority of wild caught seafood harvested by Canadian fishermen is exported. Principal seafood exports include American lobster, snow (queen) crab, coldwater shrimp, and sea scallops.

Although less important in terms of value, numerous freshwater commercial fisheries occur in Canada. Significant inland fisheries are located in Lake Huron, Lake Ontario, and Lake Superior (Ontario), in lakes Winnipeg, Cedar, Manitoba, and Winnipegosis (Manitoba), and in Great Slave Lake (Northwest Territories). Important freshwater species fished commercially in Canada include yellow pickerel (walleye), whitefish and perch.

Provinces and Territories

British Columbia

Newfoundland and Labrador

New Brunswick

Nova Scotia


Prince Edward Island


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