Fisheries and Land Resources
March 15, 2017

The following statement was given today in the House of Assembly by the Honourable Steve Crocker, Minister of Fisheries and Land Resources:

Premier and Minister to Attend Seafood Expo North America 2017

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to announce the Premier and I will be attending Seafood Expo North America 2017 taking place in Boston from March 19 to 21.

We will be accompanying our world-class seafood marketing team and the Newfoundland and Labrador delegation to join the 1,200 companies, and over 21,000 buyers, suppliers, media and other seafood professionals at North America’s largest seafood trade event.

Mr. Speaker, this event provides a great opportunity to promote our quality seafood products to fishing industry representatives and other seafood professionals from around the world.

More than 100 countries will be represented at this year’s show presenting many new potential market opportunities for the province’s fish processing sector. This government will continue to work closely with our seafood producers to provide support to meet the challenges of establishing effective relationships with current, new and emerging markets for our seafood products.

Mr. Speaker, ahead of the Seafood Expo, I am pleased to release the 2016 Seafood Industry Year in Review which provides details on our industry. Last year the production value of our seafood industry reached yet another record high, totalling over $1.4 billion. Nearly 20 per cent of that total came from our evolving aquaculture sector, which continues to demonstrate significant growth.

The Seafood Industry Year in Review PDF File  is now available on our department’s website.

Thank you.

2017 03 15                              2:30 p.m.