Steve Crocker, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Minister of Fisheries, Forestry and Agrifoods is joining a trade delegation of federal and provincial representatives at the 2016 China Fisheries and Seafood Expo in Qingdao, China.
Eleven seafood producers and organizations from the province will also be attending the expo, which is taking place from November 2-4. The expo is one of the largest seafood trade shows in the world.
“Marketing opportunities are vital for our seafood industry as we look for ways to grow and expand our markets globally. We are committed to supporting our province’s producers as they build relationships in lucrative markets and this international trade show event presents a significant opportunity to do so. More than $181 million – or 20 per cent – of our seafood exports went to China last year, making that country the second largest consumer of Newfoundland and Labrador’s seafood products,” Crocker said.
Crocker will also participate in Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Ministerial Trade Mission events in Qingdao and Beijing. The purpose of these events is to discuss market access and trade development issues for Canadian seafood and agriculture products with federal and provincial colleagues and government officials in China. Trade missions and expos help producers succeed in the global marketplace.
“The China Fisheries and Seafood Expo is one of the world’s most important and largest seafood shows. It is only fitting, given the strong growth in markets in China and throughout Asia, that we have strong participation in the show. The Association of Seafood Producers welcomes Minister Crocker’s attendance and the department’s support for industry,” said Derek Butler, Executive Director, Association of Seafood Producers
The Minister will be joined by officials from the Department of Fisheries, Forestry and Agrifoods. Together they will assist producers as they showcase their products at the trade show’s Canadian Pavilion.
List of Newfoundland and Labrador Attendees at the China Fisheries and Seafood Expo 2016:
- Association of Seafood Producers
- Bay Roberts Seafoods Limited
- Beothic Fish Processors Limited
- Fogo Island Co-operative Society Limited
- Green Seafoods Limited
- Harbour Grace Shrimp Company Limited
- Maple Filets Incorporated
- Newfound Resources Limited
- Newfoundland Aquaculture Industry Association
- Ocean Choice International
- Whitecap International Seafood Exporters Limited