AUGUSTA – Governor LePage is attending the International Boston Seafood Show today in Boston, Massachusetts where he is expected to tour the exhibition. This year, eighteen businesses from Maine are representing the State at show. The Governor also plans to attend the Maine Lobster Reception this evening, while in Boston.
The International Boston Seafood Show is the largest seafood event in North America offering sessions featuring industry leaders, the Seafood Excellence Awards, the 6th Annual Oyster Shucking Contest, and NFI’s Annual Chowder Party. The event provides an opportunity to connect with the industry, see new products, and talk about new ideas.
The International Boston Seafood Show began on Sunday, and is scheduled to run through Tuesday, March 13, 2012. The show includes more than 980 exhibits, from more than 120 countries. The exhibits showcase some of the newest fresh, frozen and packaged seafood products, solutions and industry connections.
Prior to attending the show, the Governor met with the representative’s of the Maine companies attending the show to learn about how the administration can help make Maine’s seafood industry more profitable.
“Maine has a reputation for some of the best seafood in the world, and I was pleased to see so many Maine companies represented at this show” said Governor LePage. “Maine seafood plays an important role in Maine’s economy. The fishing industries provide many Maine people with good jobs, and it is important we keep this traditional industry thriving and prosperous as we look toward economic growth in Maine,” added the Governor.
With more than $425 million in Maine seafood landed in 2011, Maine has highly diverse commercial and recreational fisheries.
Incorporating the conservative economic multipliers, industry experts believe the total value of Maine’s commercial seafood industry exceeds $1.2 billion. Over 9,200 active fishermen and 3,500 licensed dealers participated in this effort.
Maine Businesses who participated: Bar Harbor Foods
Bristol Seafood, Inc.
Browne Trading Co.
Calendar Islands Maine Lobster
Cobscook Bay Company
Cozy Harbor Seafood
Ducktrap River of Maine
JPS Shellfish, Inc.
Linda Bean’s Maine Lobster
Lobster Web Co.
Maine Coast Shellfish
Maine Lobster Council
Marine Harvest USA, LLC
Portland Shellfish, Inc.
Sea Salt Lobster
Shucks Maine Lobster
March 12, 2012