Friday, February 4, 2011

Seafood Summit: Seafood Sustainability in Seattle & Looking to the Future in Asia

A day trip to Seattle was a great way to officially close the Seafood Summit.  17 delegates ventured across the US/Canada border for a visit to Seattle's Ballard Port to learn about the commercial halibut fishery.  Jeremy Brown of Commercial Fisheries of America led delegates along an informative learning experience, and culinary adventure.
Seattle's Pike Place Market
 It was a whirlwind of a trip in the best way possible.  Delegates were engaged and could barely tear themselves away from the fishermen who kept feeding them information about the successes and struggles they've endured fishing for halibut just outside of Seattle.  In addition to the talks given by the fishermen, delegates were treated to three delicious meals at three Seattle seafood lover staples - Chinook's, Ray's and Steelhead Diner.  Each restaurant is sustainability conscious and sources locally.

Delegates returned to a dark and rainy Vancouver very late in the evening, but there was still a lot positive energy in the air as delegates said their goodbyes.  Lots of new connections were made and important relationships built toward improving the fishing industry and seafood marketplace.  Everyone is looking forward to Hong Kong, but a lot of work will need to take place between now and then.  Let us know your thoughts as we prepare for the future of sustainable seafood in Asia.  See you in the Fall of 2012 in Hong Kong!

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