MONCTON – Some of the biggest players in the Atlantic Canadian seafood industry are in China this week to participate in the 2013 China Fisheries and Seafood Expo in Dalian.
© Guardian photo by Steve Sharrett
Workers at Seafood 2000 in Georgetown help transfer the opening day’s lobster catch ashore from the boat of captain Jeffrey Hebert on Tuesday at the Georgetown wharf in eastern P.E.I.
A total of 26 Atlantic Canadian businesses and interest groups have made the trip including four from
P.E.I.: Atlantic Aqua, BJ Marketing, P.E.I. Fishermen’s Association and P.E.I. Mussel King.
In Dalian, Atlantic Canadian companies will have the opportunity to network with Chinese buyers and industry professionals, and participate in site visits and various business meetings.
Follow up activities to the mission include plans for an Atlantic Canadian guest chef to help develop a menu featuring Atlantic Canadian products at a new Canadian-themed restaurant in China this winter.
The Government of Canada and the four Atlantic provinces invested over $116,000 in the Atlantic delegation’s attendance at the event through the Canada-Atlantic Provinces Agreement on International Business Development.
Asia is the world’s largest and fastest growing seafood market.
The China Fisheries and Seafood Expo, which is the largest seafood show in Asia and has been held annually for the past 17 years, saw over 17,000 visitors from 89 countries in 2012.
China, the world’s second largest economy, is the most populous country in the world, with approximately 1.34 billion people. It is also ranks fourth among the world’s largest importers.