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Economic Importance of Canada’s Fish and Seafood industry: Ken Research

Economic Importance of Canada’s Fish and Seafood industry: Ken Research
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Ken Research announced its latest publication on, “Consumer and Market Insights: Fish & Seafood in Canada” which provides a detailed analysis

Ken Research announced its latest publication on, “Consumer and Market Insights: Fish & Seafood in Canada” which provides a detailed analysis of the Canadian Fish and Seafood market. This report provides an insight about the buying behavior pattern of Canadians which is inclined towards value for money products. It also provides information regarding the leading players, the consumer level trends, reviews and recommendations on how the economy will shape up from 2015-2020.

Canada’s fish & seafood industry is economically important as commercial fishing and aquaculture are the sectors which provide direct jobs as well as is the mainstay for many rural and coastal communities. Canada's fish and seafood segment resulted in a significant annual trade surplus with imports accounting to USD 3.4 billion in 2014. It is also sustainably managed as FAOC which comes under federal government department regulation and management of the fishery sector. Canada’s fish & seafood industry is independently inspected and controlled and the Pacific commercial fishing landings were valued at USD 256 million.

Major players and ranking of Canadian Fish & Seafood market

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) sets the policies, requirements and inspection standards and takes care of equipment used for handling, storing and transporting fish. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is responsible for supporting market development and traceability.

Species

Source

Number of samples tested

Mean

Standard Error of the Mean

Standard Deviation

Minimum

Maximum

ppb is parts per billion, and represents 0.000000001 grams of total PCBs per gram of sample (edible portion)

Char

Farmed

6

6.5

1.5

3.7

3.5

13.5

Wild

5

5.4

1.1

2.5

3.1

9.7

Oysters

Farmed

12

1.6

0.6

1.9

0.2

6.7

Wild

4

0.4

0.03

0.06

0.4

0.5

Salmon

Farmed

19

17.5

2.4

10.6

4.4

45.1

Wild

3

6.6

3.4

5.9

2.8

13.5

Shrimp

Farmed

13

0.3

0.1

0.5

0.04

2.0

Wild

4

0.4

0.2

0.5

0.1

1.1

Tilapia

Farmed

15

1.8

1.1

4.2

0.06

16.6

Wild

3

5.3

4.3

7.5

0.3

14.0

Table 1: Contaminants in Retail Fish and Seafood Products: Summary Statistics for Total PCB Levels (results expressed in ppb)

Mercury is generally found in all tested fish and seafood products. As shown above (Table 2) total mercury levels were far below the Canadian standard of 0.5 ppm. The levels of mercury are always tested during the childhood and developing fetuses-stages because they are very much sensitive to the known harmful effects of Methyl Mercury.

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