Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

November 01, 2011 08:00 ET

Minister Ashfield Boosts Market Access and Advances International Cooperation in China

QINGDAO, CHINA--(Marketwire - Nov. 1, 2011) -

Editor's Note: A photo for this release will be available on the Canadian Press picture wire via Marketwire.

Yesterday, the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, began a trade and cooperation mission in Qingdao and Beijing, China.

"China is the top consumer and producer of fish and seafood products in the world. Its importance as an export market for Canada is growing rapidly," said Minister Ashfield. "While meeting with Chinese companies and officials, I am highlighting Canada's ability to produce a variety of high-quality, safe and nutritious fish, seal, and seafood products and build on existing trade relationships."

Minister Ashfield is hosting industry roundtable meetings between potential importers and exporters of Canadian products while attending the China Fisheries and Seafood Expo in Qingdao, China. The China Fisheries and Seafood Expo is the largest of its kind in Asia.

He will also meet the more than 50 Canadian exhibitors present at the Expo and host a networking reception to help the industry build stronger ties in China and the broader Asian market.

Minister Ashfield will meet with several Chinese government officials, including:

  • Niu Dun, Vice-Minister and Head of the Fisheries Bureau in the Ministry of Agriculture, to further strengthen ties between Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Chinese Ministry's Fisheries Bureau, and to make progress in developing a new Memorandum of Understanding on fisheries cooperation; and
  • Liu Cigui, head of the State Oceanic Administration, to follow up on the Canada-China Memorandum of Understanding on ocean science cooperation.

"Building upon previous, successful agreements made by our government with China, we are advancing Canada's interests in developing broader cooperation on trade and increased collaboration on fisheries and oceans management," said Minister Ashfield. "Canada's trade partnership with China is important - particularly with regards to fish, seal, and seafood products - and I am committed to advancing this already strong and growing relationship."

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The Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, visited the Clearwater processing plant near Qingdao, China, yesterday.

Clearwater is one of Atlantic Canada's leading fish and seafood processors. In the Chinese market, it offers live and frozen Canadian hard shell lobster, Arctic surf clams, scallop, coldwater shrimp, snow crab, and turbot.

Photo 1:

In this picture, from left to right: The Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, and Eric Roe, Chief Operating Officer, Clearwater Seafoods Limited Partnership.

Photo 2:

In this picture: Canadian surf clams are being packaged at the Clearwater Seafoods Limited Partnership facility for sale in the Chinese market.

Photo 3:

In this picture, from left to right: Wang Zhaojian, President of Clearwater Seafoods Limited Partnership; the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans; Wang Zhaohai, General Manager of Clearwater Seafoods Limited Partnership; and Eric Roe, Chief Operating Officer, Clearwater Seafoods Limited Partnership.

Minister Ashfield is in Qingdao, China this week to support Canadian exhibitors at the China Fisheries and Seafood Expo. Representing Canada will be:

New Brunswick

New Brunswick Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries

AB Seafood Specialists

Goldenlaw Enterprises Ltd.

La Maison Beausoleil Inc.

LA Trading Co. Inc.

Moncton Fish Market Ltd.

Orion Seafood Group

Partner Seafood Inc.

Paturel International

Pêcheries G.E.M. Ltée

True North Salmon Company Ltd.

Unic Marketing Group Ltd.

Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island Department of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development

Acadian Fishermen's Co-op Association Ltd.

AgriMarine Holdings Inc.

Beach Point Processing

By The Water Shellfish Inc.

Howard's Cove Shellfish Ltd.

Milligan's Fisheries

P.E.I. Fishermen's Association

P.E.I. Mussel King Inc. Royal Star Foods Ltd.

Seafood Processors Association of Prince Edward Island

Newfoundland and Labrador

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador (Fisheries and Aquaculture)

Fogo Island Cooperative Society Ltd.

Green Seafoods Ltd.

Harbour Grace Shrimp Company

Newfound Resources Ltd.

Ocean Choice International

Inland and the North

Department of Environment, Fisheries and Sealing Division, Government of Nunavut

Baffin Fisheries Coalition

Great Lakes Fish Company

British Columbia

The Province of British Columbia

Aqualine Seafoods / Port Fish / Viking Seafoods

British Columbia Sea Urchins and Sea Cucumbers (PUHA)

Fanny Bay Oysters

Front Line Seafood

Geoduck from Canada (GHA) Underwater Harvesters Association

Gold River Seafood Ltd.

Grieg Seafood BC Ltd.

Lions Gate Fisheries Ltd.

Mainstream Canada

North Delta Seafoods Ltd.

Pacific Rim Shellfish Corp.

Providence Seafoods Inc.

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia Dept. of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Aquaculture

Clearwater Seafoods Limited Partnership

Fisher King Seafoods Ltd.

Gidney Fisheries

Golden Alliance Canada Inc.

Ships Lobster Pound Ltd.

United Trans Ltd.

World Link Food Distributors Inc.


Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)

Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance (CAIA)

Seafoodexport (GNI)

Contact Information

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Ottawa
    Frank Stanek
    Media Relations

    Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    Barbara Mottram
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister