Issue 18-200 Aquaculture

November 27, 2018

In 2017, total production from British Columbia’s aquaculture producers, at 96,608 tonnes, was down slightly (-5.6%) from 2016 levels. Despite increased output of clams and scallops, overall shellfish production dipped 9.4%, the result of slowed production of mussels and oysters. Meanwhile, production of finfish (salmon, trout, steelhead, etc.), which accounted for 90% of the province’s aquaculture production in 2017, was also on the decline (-5.2%). Despite the decreases in 2017, B.C. aquaculture output has held relatively steady over the past decade, ranging from a low of 72,007 tonnes recorded in in 2014, to a peak of 105,131 tonnes in 2015.

Nationally, aquaculture production was 4.7% lower in 2017 than in 2016, but total value of production was higher (+3.4%), due mostly to climbing prices for finfish products.

Data Source: Statistics Canada