FREDERICTON (GNB) – Premier Brian Gallant and Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Rick Doucet will lead a business delegation to North America’s largest seafood show.

“New Brunswick’s fish and seafood sectors are important economic drivers for our province,” said Gallant. “We will support New Brunswick businesses that are securing customers and developing partnerships across North America and around the world, providing jobs in New Brunswick and spurring economic investment.”

Seafood Expo North America, also referred to as the Boston seafood show, takes place March 11-13, with about 20,000 participants, including buyers and suppliers of fresh, frozen, packaged and value-added seafood products.

New Brunswick companies exhibiting at the Seafood Expo North America include:

  • True North Salmon of Blacks Harbour;
  • Alliance Seafood of Dieppe;
  • Intercambio/Michel and Charles LeBlanc of Cap Pele;
  • Seacore Seafood of Saint John;
  • Young’s Lobster Ltd. of Lords Cove;
  • Shediac Lobster Shop;
  • Captain Dan’s of Richibucto;
  • Gourmet Chef Packers of Shediac; and
  • Westmorland Fisheries of Cap Pele.

Other New Brunswick companies participating include Cube Automation, Lizotte Machine Vision, Midland Transport, Thermalite Packaging, Molson Coors, Master Packaging, and Seaplast Americas. A number of other companies are also taking part in the show but are not part of the official New Brunswick delegation of exhibitors. Other companies with New Brunswick operations are also participating in the show, such as East Coast Seafood Group (Paturel), Connors Bros. Clover Leaf Seafoods Co. and Thai Union.

“Our companies have earned their spot at dinner tables far and wide thanks to their commitment to quality,” Doucet said. “We are pleased to stand with these businesses that are strategically pursuing new markets and working to grow and create more jobs in New Brunswick.”

New Brunswick is Canada’s second-largest exporter of fish and seafood with more than $1.7 billion in product sold. The province has experienced year-over-year increases in seafood exports.

“New Brunswick is big on seafood, and this is seafood’s biggest show,” said Doucet.

The New Brunswick delegation is part of a larger Atlantic pavilion funded in partnership with industry, the Atlantic provinces and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.