The Seafood Expo North America 2018 Fair, one of the biggest fairs in the world, which is being held every year in Boston, USA, is preparing to showcase the strength of Turkish seafood industry this year. The fair, which will take place between March 11-13 2018, aims to introduce Turkish fish in the USA and increase the share of the sector in the US market.
The fair, which will be organized by the National Participation Organization of the Istanbul Water Products Exporters’ Union, is of great importance for the Turkish fisheries sector. The sector, which has steadily increased its exports every year, achieved a great success by increasing its exports by 616% in the last 10 years by achieving a market value of approximately 5 million dollars in 2008 and 35,8 million dollars at the end of 2017. The Istanbul-Boston flights launched by Turkish Airlines in 2014 have played an important role in the increase in exports, and it is also thought that in the USA, a country where the fast food consumption is most intensive, some experts’ recommendation of fish for healthy nutrition is effective in the increase.
It is stated that export plans will gain momentum once there is a direct cargo from Izmir to the USA.
The US has been designated as the target country by the Association of Exporters of Aegean Aquaculture and Animal Products and has been participating in the Seafood Expo North America Fair since 2008.