FREDERICTON (GNB) – More than 100 seafood businesses from the province attended the 2023 Seafood Expo North America in Boston this past weekend.

The exposition is one of North America’s largest seafood marketing events. It attracts more than 19,000 buyers and suppliers of fresh, frozen, packaged, and value-added seafood products, equipment and services. Participants travel from more than 100 countries to the exposition.

“I was proud to lead our New Brunswick companies who showed the world why the best seafood comes from our province,” said Johnson. “Their success will increase seafood exports which create well-paying jobs and benefit our communities economically.”

The delegation of representatives from the seafood and seafood services industries attended to reinforce relationships with existing customers, generate new customer leads, and secure sales.

The New Brunswick: Deliciously Canadian booth showcased the province’s seafood producers and harvesters while industry service providers were well represented on the show floor, said Johnson.

The fish and seafood industry is a major contributor to the provincial economy. Seafood exports in 2022 were $1.8 billion and included diversification for lobster sales and growth in the value of salmon sales.

While in Boston, Johnson met with her federal and provincial counterparts to discuss policy and market access issues as well as opportunities to enhance the success of New Brunswick businesses.

The province’s agriculture, aquaculture and fisheries industries deliver more than 50 products to local and export markets. They also employ more than 17,000 people in primary production and processing and are a significant economic contributor to many rural, coastal and Indigenous communities.