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B.C. Seafood Facts and Figures

British Columbia's seafood industry is a vital element in both the economic success of the province and the social fabric of numerous coastal communities. BC seafood products are derived from over 80 different species of finfish, shellfish and plants from both the freshwater and marine environments. The wholesale value of wild and aquaculture harvests averages about $1.2 billion annually with wild and farmed salmon making up about half of that total.

Over 90 percent of seafood produced in B.C. is exported. British Columbia's seafood products were shipped to 70 countires in 2006, generating a total export value of $987 million.

Employment from fish harvesting, vending, buying and brokering to aquaculture and fish processing:

The industry employs about 18,800 people in full or part-time positions coast wide (approx 11,000 full-time job equivalents). 
There are about 7,300 licensed harvesters. 
Over 9,100 jobs are in value added processing at approximately 180 licensed processing plants in the province.
There are close to 2,400.direct jobs involved in primary aquaculture production. 

For a more complete picture of the industry see the following reports:

2006 British Columbia Seafood Industry Year in Review: Year In Review -2006

BC Seafood Alliance releases  Economic Contribution of BC Seafood and Tidal Recreational Fishing 2005.

An Assessment of the BC Seafood Sector and Tidal Water Recreational Fishing 2004.  Strengthes, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats Analysis (SWOT)

Price Waterhouse Coopers: State of the B.C. Seafood Industry Report