Robert G. Thibault, minister of fisheries and oceans, has announced that preliminary figures for Canada's exports of fish and seafood products reached an all-time high of C$4.2bn (US$2.65bn) in 2001. "For the past four years, we have had record-breaking growth in our fish and seafood exports," said Minister Thibault. "This is a clear reflection of the quality of our products, and the industry's success in capturing markets worldwide. It also reflects responsible industry practices, which contribute to the climate for success year after year."