Seafood Processing is carried out in more than 230 fish processing facilities throughout the province.
Processors handle fish from both the wild harvest and the aquaculture sectors, producing fresh, frozen, canned and smoked products primarily for export markets.
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In 2010, British Columbia produced 472 distinct species-product seafood combinations ranging from sole fillets to canned salmon and live geoducks.
Salmon products generated 57 per cent of the total wholesale value of B.C. seafood.
B.C. canneries produced 295,499 cases of canned salmon in 2010.
In addition to the fish obtained from B.C. commercial fisheries and aquaculture operations, fish processors source sockeye and pink salmon, Atlantic salmon, halibut, and trout from outside of the province and Canada for value-added processing.
Added-value processing in fisheries such as spiny dogfish, arrowtooth flounder, hake and chum salmon have presented valuable opportunities.
B.C. seafood products were exported to more than 74 countries and generated a total export value of $957 million.