Sustainable fish and seafood

The Canadian fish and seafood market meets the highest standards for safety and sustainability. Learn how Canada manages its fisheries and aquaculture in a sustainable way.


Canadian fish and seafood is sustainably managed based on the most current science.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada is responsible for developing and maintaining the regulations that:


Canada’s fish and seafood market is responsibly regulated and produced. We require that all products are inspected and controlled to ensure food safety.

The federal government develops and verifies compliance with appropriate product and process standards. These standards contribute to the acceptable quality, safety and identity of fish and seafood products that are:

Importing and exporting

Fish and seafood are some of Canada’s largest food exports. Fish and seafood products are strictly regulated to ensure the sustainability of this valuable natural resource. Products must be officially certified for export.

To be eligible for export, fish and seafood intended for human consumption must:

Canada is export-ready and provides export market development support for our country’s fish and seafood.

Canada’s fish and seafood exports

Canada exported $6.9 billion in fish and seafood products to 137 countries worldwide in 2017.

Top 10 exports globally

  • Lobster ($2.1 billion)
  • Queen/snow crab ($1 billion)
  • Atlantic salmon ($909 million)
  • Prawn/shrimp ($472 million)
  • Crab ($462 million)
  • Scallop ($180 million)
  • Herring ($157 million)
  • Clam ($112 million)
  • Hake ($89 million)
  • Salmon ($75 million)

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