First provincial seafood conference to be held in Moncton (09/02/17)

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Feb. 17, 2009

MONCTON (CNB) - Further details of the first New Brunswick Seafood Conference, which will take place Feb. 23-24 at the Delta Beauséjour Hotel in Moncton, were announced today by Minister of Fisheries Rick Doucet.

"This conference is about finding ways to go through this economic turmoil and learn about how to sell our high-quality seafood to the world," said Doucet. "Seafood companies, fishermen, processors, plant workers, retailers and restaurant operators can all benefit from participating in this event."

A key issue for the industry is getting access to a diversified international market, including countries that are more and more demanding in terms of safety, trackability and sustainability of the resource. Key speakers from Canada and abroad will address these areas through a series of presentations and workshops.

Topics to be covered include: eco-labelling and sustainability; trends in innovative processing; research and bio-economy; future trends in human resources in the fishery; and the big picture for world seafood.

"This event is designed to be a platform for discussion on the importance of seafood for New Brunswick," said Doucet. "Our goal is to bring everyone together and capitalize on the exciting potential of our industry by finding innovative ways of conquering the world with the high-quality marine resources we catch."

Premier Shawn Graham will speak to stakeholders at 9 a.m. Monday, Feb. 23, to open the conference.

For more information, or to register for the conference, call 1-506-453-2252, or visit the Department of Fisheries website.


MEDIA CONTACT: Angélique Binet, Department of Fisheries, 506-457-3549, or e-mail: