VANCOUVER, Oct. 18, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canada-EU trade deal is good news
for the seafood sector, according to Christina Burridge, Executive
Director of the BC Seafood Alliance, representing wild fisheries on the
West Coast. Seafood is BC's most valuable agrifood export commodity
worth about $1 billion annually. Wild seafood accounts for almost 2/3
of that total.
Burridge noted that seafood consumption is growing in the EU and its
consumers are prepared to pay high prices for safe, sustainable,
healthy products. "While we have exported canned salmon to Europe for
more than 100 years, high tariffs, often more than 20%, have made it
very difficult to increase exports to this lucrative market," she said.
Foreseeing increased demand for BC's salmon, tuna, groundfish and
shellfish, she paid tribute to the government's commitment to expanding
trade. "Trade means jobs. It helps maintain Canadians' standard of
living. This agreement means new market opportunities for fishermen
and processors up and down the coast."
SOURCE: BC Seafood Alliance
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Contact: Christina Burridge, 604.377.9213, firstname.lastname@example.org