We recently returned from Seafood Expo North America in Boston after the show’s two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, and boy was it great to see everyone in person! Despite the initial trepidation and awkward “can we hug or shake hands?” moments, we all got down to the business of talking fish.
We met with partners including Channel Fish Processing (see photo above) and even got in a lunch with Joe Weeden, senior director - product sourcing - protein, Feeding America (see photo below). We also got to say congrats to Global Seafood Alliance’s Wally Stevens, who is retiring after devoting many decades to the seafood industry. His legacy will live on via both the GSA and the National Fisheries Institute’s Future Leaders program, which for over 20 years has trained up-and-coming industry leaders. Good luck — we’re going to miss you, Wally!
There were several discussions on and off the show floor about America’s Seafood Campaign, the effort to get a national marketing program funded to benefit the entire industry. You can get up to speed on the campaign at https://www.seafoodcampaign.org/. SeaShare is supporting this effort because a rising tide lifts all boats; an emphasis on boosting seafood consumption nationwide could translate into more attention paid to the seafood deficit that all U.S. food banks are dealing with. Families that have access to nutritious foods such as seafood have better health outcomes, which is desperately needed to bolster our ailing nation.
Our show attendance concluded with a donation from the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau, thank you so much! Their support of our work started when the show moved from the Hynes to the BCEC and is much appreciated.