Atlantic Canada ready to reel in seafood sales in the U.S.

Published on March 6, 2016

Seafood expo

P.E.I. again showcasing province’s famous seafood offerings at annual seafood expo in Boston

Prince Edward Island is once again be showcasing the province’s famous seafood offerings at the annual seafood expo in Boston.

The United States of America is a crucial market for Atlantic Canada’s seafood exporters. Last year, the U.S. imported more than $2.78 billion in seafood products from Atlantic Canada, an increase of $594 million over the previous year.

That is why a delegation of 27 Atlantic Canadian companies and organizations are once again be participating in this year’s Seafood Expo North America (SENA) - the largest seafood expo on the continent.

It will be held March 6-8 in Boston, Mass.

A federal-provincial investment of more than $134,000, which is being provided through the International Business Development Agreement, will enable the participating companies to create a significant and co-ordinated onsite presence through the Atlantic pavilion, as well as provide them with access to business meeting rooms and advertising.

“Being part of the Boston seafood show for more than 20 years is one of the initiatives that has helped Prince Edward Island reach $268 million in international seafood exports – which is nearly double our total from five years ago,” says P.E.I. Fisheries Minister Alan McIsaac.

“We are proud to join with the other Atlantic provinces in exploring every opportunity to grow our seafood industry.”

While at the expo, Atlantic Canadian companies will showcase the region’s wide variety of seafood products to over 20,000 buyers representing importers, exporters, wholesalers, restaurants, supermarkets, hotels and retail and food service companies from more than 100 countries.

In 2015, Atlantic Canada's worldwide fish and seafood exports were valued at $4.4 billion.

The United States of America is Atlantic Canada's largest export market representing roughly 63 per cent of seafood trade.