The new postage stamp is intended to emphasize Canada's great fisheries wealth. The stamp design was created by artists of the Fairbairn Art Studio, Ottawa, after discussions with the Department of Fisheries. The stamp was engraved and manufactured by the Canadian Bank Note Company, Ottawa.
Canada has ready access to fishing grounds which are the most extensive in the world. Its waters, both coastal and inland, annually yield a tremendous quantity of high quality fish of steadily increasing economic importance. The fisheries products displayed in the border of the stamp reading clockwise, from the Pribilof Seal at the bottom, centre, are as follows : Clam, Tuna (Albacore), Halibut, Herring, Mackerel, Cod, Shrimp, Scallop, Lobster, Atlantic Salmon, Sockeye Salmon, Lake Trout, Whitefish, Haddock, Oyster.