American Lobster In The Asian Century

by Mike Crowe and Fishermen’s Voice staff

Value added shrimp at the International Boston Seafood Show, March 21, 2010. Exhibitors thought the atmosphere at the show was more upbeat this year. Chinese interest in U.S. seafoods was also greater. Some observers see the potential Asian markets providing the much needed fix to lagging profit margins for Maine lobstermen. A 93-million pound lobster catch could change its relative size and value in a Chinese market 1.3 billion strong. ©Photo by Sam Murfitt

The value and importance of the seafood industry internationally was very evident at the convention center here. The International Boston Seafood Show, America’s largest seafood show, is a business to business exposition that draws exhibitors and visitors from around the world.
In the 30 years since the first IBSS show, long time exhibitors noted the increased presence of Asian companies this year. China led with the most representatives followed by Taiwan, India Korea and Japan. The U.S. companies from New Bedford, Gloucester, Alaska and California, etc were there of course. This year Maine had 18 companies at the show. Of these 10 were in the seafood handling business, whereas the other 8 were consultants or promoters.

The Boston Convention Center on the downtown waterfront is a wide-open space equal to several football fields. Many of the companies at the show were in the processed seafood business, wild caught and farmed. Processed aquaculture products were dominant.


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