Lobster among Canada's most valuable seafood exports in 2012
The federal Fisheries Department says $4.1 billion worth of Canadian seafood landed on tables in more than 100 countries last year, with lobster remaining the most valuable export.
Federal Fisheries Minister Keith Ashfield says Canada exported $41 million more in fish and seafood products in 2012 than the year before.
More than 60 per cent of Canada's seafood exports were shipped to the United States last year at a value of $2.6 billion.
But the department says China and the European Union remain major markets, taking in hundreds of millions of dollars worth of Canadian seafood products last year.
The federal government is calling for a trade agreement with the EU that would scrap costly tariffs on most fish and seafood products.
Aside from lobster, which accounted for $1 billion of last year's overall seafood exports, the department says snow and queen crab, Atlantic salmon and shrimp are among the country's most valuable.