Boston Seafood Show gets underway - #SENA14

Boston Seafood Show gets underway
 Now called the Seafood Expo North America, the show is expected to attract some 20,000 buyers, suppliers and other seafood professionals from 100 countries
 Odd Grydeland, FishfarmingXpert, March 18, 2014

A delegation from British Columbia will be in Boston this week, including Minister of International Trade Teresa Wat and representatives of the B.C. Salmon Farmers Association, Cermaq Aquaculture, Creative Salmon, Grieg Seafood and Marine Harvest. Salmon marketing companies will also be there, including Calkins & Burke and Sea Agra- both based in Vancouver.

A News Release issued by the Province of B.C. on Friday stated that “The B.C. Pavilion will provide a venue for B.C. seafood companies and organizations attending the Boston trade event as they showcase their products and meet with international buyers”.  Some Quick Facts were provided in the release:

  • Led by cultured salmon, crab, hake, and geoducks, B.C. seafood exports were worth $870 million (~€ 564 million) in 2012.
  • Shipments to the United States represent more than half of that total, and seafood exports to China totalled $121 million (~€ 78.4 million) in 2012, up 10.5% over the previous year.

Ms. Wat, who is also the Minister Responsible for the Asia Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism, stated that “We are working to open and expand markets for British Columbia’s services and goods, including our sustainable and high-quality seafood. This trade and investment mission to the U.S. East Coast will allow us to promote our competitive advantages and attract new investment dollars to spur economic activity and job creation here in B.C.”

The B.C. Minister of Agriculture- which is the main agency responsible for aquaculture in the Province- Pat Pimm said in a parallel statement that “We are committed to expanding our export market for sustainable B.C. seafood and bringing new dollars to our coastal communities. Seafood Expo North America connects B.C. with seafood purchasers from around the world, offers increased sales, and supports our goal of growing the agrifoods sector to $14 billion (~€ 9.1 billion) by 2017.”

The federal government is also represented at the show, led by Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Gail Shea, who said in a statement that “In 2013, Canada's seafood exports continued an upward trend, with an overall increase of $268 million (~€ 173.7 million) or 6.5 percent over the previous year, with total sales reaching $4.42 billion (~€  2.9 billion)”. The Minister also said that “Canada’s fish and seafood products are among the best in the world. The sector employs approximately 80,000 Canadians in commercial fishing, aquaculture and processing activities. Our Government values our fisheries and we’re committed to helping them become even more prosperous in the future. That is why I am proud to lead the Canadian delegation at the 2014 Seafood Expo North America and help our companies to open new markets around the globe.”

The statement from Fisheries and Oceans also included a statement by Ruth Salmon, Executive Director of the Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance: “Seafood Expo North America serves to showcase Canada’s incomparably high quality, responsibly farmed seafood products to buyers from around the world. Minister Shea’s participation elevates the exposure our members will attract, generating new economic possibilities.”