Minister Petitpas Taylor concludes successful visit to Boston for Seafood Expo North America 

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March 15, 2023 · Moncton, New Brunswick · Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages, and Minister responsible for ACOA, concluded a successful three-day visit to Boston for the 2023 Seafood Expo North America (SENA). The Minister promoted Atlantic Canadian fish and seafood producers, met with New England business leaders to discuss cross-border investment opportunities, and worked to raise the profile of Atlantic Canada’s fish and seafood sector in the North American marketplace.

The Minister met with Atlantic Canadian fish and seafood exporter producers, as well as international buyers working to meet growing demand in the US market. Companies attending this year’s Expo focused on expanding sales through the introduction of new products, and highlighted new packaging and processing innovations that give Atlantic Canadian exporters a competitive advantage on the world stage.

She met with Atlantic Canadian participants in the Canadian Technology Accelerator (CTA) to discuss how the global business incubator program is driving business growth and job creation through innovation. Minister Petitpas Taylor also held discussions with many business leaders on increasing trade and investment between Atlantic Canada and New England, with a focus on attraction and retention of skilled talent on both sides of the border, and boosting innovation in both regions. She was particularly pleased to meet with Women in World Trade New England to learn more about how this important regional organization is connecting and supporting women engaged in international trade and global affairs.

Quotes

“Once again, Atlantic Canada’s fish and seafood companies showed the world that our reputation for top quality product, excellent value, and sustainable production is well deserved. I was honoured to lead a delegation of 39 Atlantic Canadian companies at SENA 2023 and do my part to pave the way for new market opportunities. This mission will have a lasting, positive impact on our region’s ocean economy for years to come."

-      The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA

Quick facts

  • Atlantic Canada’s fish and seafood sector includes fish harvesting, aquaculture, and processing activities. The region’s main export products include lobster, crab, shrimp, salmon, scallops, and halibut.

  • Global fish and seafood exports from Atlantic Canada reached $6.2 billion in 2022, approaching the record set in 2021 when exports reached a high of $6.7 billion.

    • Atlantic Canada’s fish and seafood exports were worth $6.17 billion in 2022, representing 72% of Canadian exports in the sector and over 14% of overall exports from Atlantic Canada.
    • In 2022, over 60% of Atlantic Canadian fish and seafood exports were destined to the United States.
    • Nova Scotia is the largest Atlantic exporter in the sector ($2.60 billion), followed by New Brunswick ($1.84 billion), Newfoundland and Labrador ($1.24 billion), and Prince Edward Island ($488 million).
    • Lobster represented the largest exports from the sector in Atlantic Canada with $2.65 billion in value in 2022, followed by crab at over $1.5 billion.
  • Total employment in Atlantic Canada’s fish and seafood sector stood at nearly 30,000 in 2021.

  • This year’s Seafood Expo North America (SENA) event includes 39 companies from across Atlantic Canada.

  • Through the Regional Economic Growth through Innovation (REGI) program, ACOA is providing a $200,000 non-repayable contribution to the Atlantic Canada Fish Farmers Association to help the pan-Atlantic delegation of seafood exporters exhibit at the Atlantic Canadian pavilion and develop sales during Seafood Expo North America (SENA).

  • In 2021-22, ACOA invested over $27 million in 88 projects in the fish and seafood sector.

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Office of the Minister of Official Languages and of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
Marianne.Blondin@acoa-apeca.gc.ca

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