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China seafood expo grows as South Korean show struggles

CHINA - Like most of the rest of the seafood-producing world, Alaska's leading fishmongers flocked to the China Fisheries and Seafood Exposition Nov. 1-3, but then all ignored the Busan International Seafood and Fisheries Exposition in South Korea less than two weeks later.

The 11th annual China Seafood Expo, with more than 15,000 visitors and exhibitors from 40 countries, confirmed its status as an international trading event, as well as a convenient entrance to the still-growing Chinese market.

“You have to be fairly deaf, dumb and blind, wherever you are in the world, if you do not realize this is a place you have to be in some way to know what's going on,” said Hans Petter Naes of the Norwegian Seafood Export Council.

The dozen national pavilions exhibiting this year included Canada's largest contingent ever, with eight individual companies and two organizations representing 15 Atlantic seafood producers, including lobster. “There's evidence all over the place of a much more Westernized culture. The more desire there is for Western products, the more we'll be able to sell,” said Jane Barnett, seafood specialist with Agriculture/Agri-Foods Canada.

Source: Alaska Journal