Gloucester Connects with Global Buyers at Seafood Expo North America

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The City of Gloucester and its sustainable seafood initiative, Gloucester Fresh, had another successful showing at the Seafood Expo North America (SENA) conference on March 11-13th, 2018 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in Boston’s Seaport District.

The Gloucester Fresh pavilion was located at Booth 2186 in the vast exhibition hall, along with over 1,300 other exhibitors. The City of Gloucester provided space at the pavilion for business meeting opportunities to Gloucester companies interested in promoting their seafood to a global audience. Gloucester also attracted an international delegation visit to the city for business meetings as a result of its participation in Seafood Expo North America. To enhance the Gloucester Fresh brand, city officials, led by Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken, held a Seafood Demonstration and Tasting in a conference center kitchen area drawing 75 attendees, including international seafood buyers.

For the second consecutive year, New England culinary staffing agency leader SnapChef joined the City of Gloucester to support the use of fresh and sustainable seafood in modern cooking. During the tasting reception, the Snapchef team cooked locally caught Gloucester Fresh monkfish, serving dishes such as monkfish-stuffed rice balls, monkfish tacos, and monkfish stew.

Supporters of the reception included the following: Commonwealth of Massachusetts Seaport Economic Council, Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, Massachusetts Office of Business Development & International Trade, Massachusetts Department of Marine Fisheries, and the US Department of Agriculture.

The Gloucester Fresh Program ( is driven by the Economic Development Department of the City of Gloucester.