Island seafood companies set to shine in Boston

For Confederation Cove Mussel Company in Borden-Carleton, Seafood Expo North America is an opportunity to find new business, strengthen existing relationships, open new markets, and grow their earning potential.

Confederation Cove Mussel Company is among more than 30 Island seafood companies expected to take part in the annual expo, which runs from March 19 to 21 in Boston. The company has attended the show for over 25 years and continues to take part because of the networking opportunities which have led to new customers for their line of products.

“The Boston show is an important part of our annual business development initiatives,” said Terry Ennis, president and CEO of Atlantic Aqua Farms and Confederation Cove Mussel Company. “It is a great opportunity to showcase our PEI mussels, lobster and oysters to the global seafood industry and the world's top seafood buyers as we continue to promote our products and grow our exports of Island seafood.”

Seafood Expo North America is the largest seafood trade event in North America. The event attracts over 19,000 buyers and suppliers of fresh, frozen, packaged and value-added seafood products, equipment and services. Attendees travel from more than 100 countries to participate.

“Seafood Expo North America helps our Island seafood companies tell their story to an international marketplace and promote the exceptional food product we have here in Prince Edward Island,” Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Alan McIsaac said. “As a government, we will continue to seek out ways we can work together with industry to expand our markets, grow our economy, and showcase why we are Canada’s Food Island."

“The strength and global reputation of our seafood companies shows that while Prince Edward Island may be small, we make big things happen,” Economic Development and Tourism Minister Heath MacDonald said. “Seafood Expo North America connects our Island businesses with buyers around the world, which is one way we continue to create opportunities for our Island businesses and demonstrate why we are a mighty Island.”

Fisheries and aquaculture in Prince Edward Island has a value of approximately $400 million to the provincial economy and is 3 per cent of our provincial GDP. The industry is the economic driver in many rural communities, employing more than 8,500 people in peak season.

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