Seafood Expo to showcase BC’s $45 million geoduck fishery
The not-so-pretty geoduck from the waters of B.C., prized as delicacies in China and Hong Kong, is now gaining a tasty reputation in Europe.
“It is a unique seafood choice that is increasing in demand in European markets including the UK, France, Holland and Italy,” said a spokesman for the upcoming BC Seafood Expo, where the humble giant clam is getting star-billing status.
“Geoduck from Canada is one of the most unique and sustainable seafood delicacies in the world,” stated the Ocean Wise Seafood program, which will be among the exhibitors at the Seafood Expo.
The Ocean Wise seafood program works directly with restaurants, markets, food services and seafood suppliers to ensure they have the most current scientific information regarding sustainable seafood and to help them make ocean-friendly buying decisions.
“The geoduck clam is harvested one-at-a-time by skilled commercial divers with the utmost care and pride. Each member in the distribution chain follows stringent guidelines and procedures to rush top quality and safe product to customers around the world,” it said.
“Seafood enthusiasts here at home in B.C. are also increasingly interested in geoduck as our talented chefs embrace its qualities of delicious taste, versatility, and sustainability.”
Today, the geoduck fishery is one of British Columbia’s most valuable shellfish harvests valued at $45 million annually, providing jobs for numerous Canadians and helping support the British Columbia economy.
Historically, geoducks (Panope Abrupta) were harvested for food in the Pacific Northwest by the Aboriginal peoples. The clams currently support a prosperous commercial fishery in Alaska, British Columbia, and Washington.
The first significant step to develop a geoduck aquaculture industry in BC was taken in 1995 when a five-year initiative was spearheaded by stakeholders, including investors and researchers. Since then, the technology for geoduck farming in BC has been refined and developed and farming of the geoduck is poised to move forward into commercial development and expansion.
The Canadian industry has developed a dependable distribution system to rush live product to market within one to two days. For example, a geoduck harvested Monday in the Strait of Georgia is packaged in Vancouver Monday night, then loaded onto a flight to Hong Kong Tuesday morning.
About the BC Seafood Expo
The Expo features over 50 Trade Show exhibitors, leading speakers in their fields and provides a venue to network with industry leaders, international buyers, distributors, and educators for every type of fish, seafood, and seafood related products and services. (bcseafoodexpo.com)
The 2018 keynote speakers include; entrepreneur, lawyer and best-selling author, Calvin Helin and president of the Seafood Nutrition Partnership, Linda Cornish. Attendees can indulge in the two networking lunches as well as the International Buyers Reception, which features top domestic chefs, the best of BC seafood, and a delegation of international seafood buyers, all taking place within the Expo trade show area.
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