Boston Seafood Show a success, says local businessman

Alisha Morrissey
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Despite concerns about shrinking markets, there seems to be an air of optimism at the Boston Seafood Show this year.

Martin Sullivan, president of Ocean Choice, says the trade show and convention seems to be going well despite smaller attendance and markets affected by the current recession.

Ocean Choice representatives attending the Boston Seafood Show are (from left) Bernard Leger, vice-president of sales and marketing, Europe and Asia; Martin Sullivan, president and CEO; Blaine Sullivan, chief operating officer; and Chris Curran, vice-pres

Despite concerns about shrinking markets, there seems to be an air of optimism at the Boston Seafood Show this year.

Martin Sullivan, president of Ocean Choice, says the trade show and convention seems to be going well despite smaller attendance and markets affected by the current recession.

Ocean Choice has had a number of successful meetings, he says, with more planned today.

"What we're hearing from our customers is probably a little more positive than what's being reported in the media. If you read the business news every day it's depressing, but we're very optimistic about the business this year," Sullivan says.

The International Boston Seafood Show, which wraps up today at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Centre, is the premier North American Seafood show.

Also in attendance at the trade show from this province are representatives from the provincial Depart-ment of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Dockside Appetizers and the New-foundland Aquaculture Industry Asso-ciation.

On the trade show floor there were fewer people milling about this year, Sullivan confirms. "There's probably less people in the walk-by business, but it's been higher-quality discussions," he says, echoing what's been talked about in industry newsletters.

In other positive fishery news today, it was announced that the Canadian seafood industry was worth $3.9 billion last year.

And while the news didn't make big ripples at the trade show in Boston, Sullivan says, it helps boost Canadian seafood products.

The "Made in Canada" label has a very good image, Sullivan says and the announcement was just further proof of the quality of product.

In all, Sullivan has declared this year's Boston Seafood Show a success.

"This is a very important show for us," he says. "We think that the seafood industry is probably going to do better than most industries this year."

amorrissey@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Ocean Choice, Boston Convention, Exhibition Centre

Geographic location: Boston, Canada

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  • Captain
    July 02, 2010 - 13:16

    Will I still be able to buy Seal Oil Capsules? They are beneficial to me heathwise. Any word on that at the Seafood Show?

  • Captain
    July 01, 2010 - 19:55

    Will I still be able to buy Seal Oil Capsules? They are beneficial to me heathwise. Any word on that at the Seafood Show?