Boston hosts 37 countries
Thirty-seven countries are exhibiting at the 2009 International Boston Seafood Show, which kicks off Sunday.
The Mexican State of Sonora is hosting its first regional pavilion including more than 10 companies and organizations from Sonora, Mexico. The pavilion will feature a variety of seafood products, including shrimp (farmed and wild), squid, sardines, jellyfish and clams. Sonora has become one of Mexico's top seafood-producing regions.
Another international pavilion new to the annual event in 2009 is the West Africa Trade Hub, which will showcase red snapper, horse mackerel and pelagic fish.
"We will be featuring new companies from Sierra Leone and Nigeria and emphasizing sustainable sourcing," said Joe Lamport, communications and outreach coordinator for the West Africa Trade Hub, based in Ghana. "Our goal is to diversify markets and for West African companies to learn new fishery production techniques and trends, and to see what the competition is doing," Lamport added.
The Galicia Pavilion is returning to IBSS after a four-year absence, sponsoring six companies from this fishing region in northwest Spain: Autoridad Portuaria de Vigo, Frinova, Iberconsa, Catrodai, Interatlantic Fish and Pereira. These companies are promoting primarily frozen fish products, including hake, squid, hoki, shrimp, mahimahi, salmon and Alaska pollock. Some of the companies will also present a new gourmet line of ready-to-eat seafood products. Galicia pavilion organizer, the Vigo Chamber of Commerce, will also showcase equipment for loading and unloading fresh and frozen seafood products.
"The Vigo Chamber of Commerce is supporting these companies to reach their goals for international commerce, and the USA is one of the main markets for the Spanish fishing and seafood industries," said Maica Martinez Gonzalez, cooperation and international relations manager for Astron Consulting. "All six Spanish companies are looking to increase their presence and commercial position in the American market."
The Turkish Seafood Promotion Committee, part of the Aegean Exporters Association in Turkey, will also be hosting a pavilion featuring an array of seafood products, including European sea bass, sea bream, trout, bluefin tuna, meagre, white grouper, shi drum, mussels, shrimp, anchovy and snail.
The committee was established in 2008 and includes participation from the board at the Aegean, Istanbul and Mediterranean Seafood and Animal Products Exporters' Association.
"The Seafood Promotion Committee's goal is to provide recognition of Turkish seafood in the U.S. market in order to increase the export value of Turkish seafood to the U.S.," said Serap Unal, a representative for the committee.
Ecuador's participation has grown 25 percent from last year's show, with new companies Marplantis S.A. , Pacfish S.A. and Gondi S.A. exhibiting at Ecuador's Pavilion, while returning companies Langosmar Organic, Songa C.A., Negocios Industriales Real Nirsa S.A., Omarsa, Quirola and Edpacif S.A. will expand their offerings. The focus of the this year's pavilion will be on Ecuador's fresh and frozen fish sector and fair trade shrimp. The cultivated shrimp sector represents Ecuador's third highest exported product.
"The main objective of the Ecuadorian companies is to meet with current customers and contact new ones. Some of the companies also want to show new products or certifications developed recently," said Lourdes Jaramillo, representative for the Ecuadorian Pavilion.
Other countries exhibiting at this year's show include Saudi Arabia, Oman, France, Greece, Panama, Peru, Chile, Portugal and Japan.