SeaFood Business

MAR 2014

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78 SeaFood Business March 2014 Visit us online at Seafood Calendar MARCH 16 - 18 ✔ Seafood Expo North America and Seafood Processing North America Boston Convention & Exhibition Center Boston (207) 842-5504 north-america APRIL 2 - 4 SIAL Canada Palais de congrès Montreal (866) 281-7425 MAY 6 - 8 ✔ Seafood Expo Global and Seafood Processing Global Brussels Exhibition Centre Brussels (207) 842-5504 13 - 16 Fisheries Bycatch: Global Issues and Creative Solutions 29th Lowell Wakefeld Fisheries Symposium Hilton Anchorage Anchorage, Alaska (907) 272-7411 16 - 18 Cooking for Solutions Monterey Bay Aquarium Monterey, Calif. (831) 644-7561 www.montereybay 17 - 20 National Restaurant Association Show McCormick Place Chicago (312) 580-5403 25 - 30 International Symposium on Fish Nutrition and Feeding Cairns Convention Centre Cairns, Australia JUNE 10 - 13 FMI Connect McCormick Place Chicago (202) 452-8444 SEPTEMBER 2 - 4 ✔ Seafood Expo Asia Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre Wanchai, Hong Kong (207) 842-5504 22 - 24 ✔ Seafood Expo Southern Europe Fira de Barcelona Gran Via - Hall 1 Barcelona, Spain (207) 842-5504 28 - 30 Chefs Collaborative Sustainable Food Summit Boulder Teater Boulder, Colo. (617) 236-5200 ✔ Produced by Diversifed Communications, publisher of SeaFood Business and Special Feature Continued from page 45 the plastic tube gets covered with individual nets or a net over the whole feld to keep predators out." He explains that geoducks are subtidal — meaning that they live below where the tide goes out. Te tubes help create miniature tidepools to prevent drying out at low tide. It takes about fve years for the clams to reach a har- vestable size of about a pound and a half to 2 pounds. Because of the Chinese ban, Taylor Shellfsh has had to lay of 14 employees, says Dewey, but diversifying has helped the company weather tough times. "Tat's been a big part of Taylor's overall business plan, to diversify our farm loca- tions, diversify our species and diversify our markets," says Dewey. "We lost over a million dollars in sales [in December]. It's devastated our workers whose jobs rely on it, but as a company we're able to sustain the blow." Jim Gibbons, CEO and founder of Seattle Shell- fsh, says his company is also surviving. "December was a tough month. January has been an OK month," says Gibbons. "We've tightened down our projected capital expendi- tures because of uncertainty in the marketplace. We've had some layofs, but that was more a function of the tide than the boycott." Te company, which has 50 to 70 employees, depending on the time of year, including 18 geoduck divers, was focus- ing on the domestic market as well as destinations like Hong Kong, Korea and Taiwan. "In China, I've been told that the word mark for crisis means the same as opportuni- ty. It also could be an oppor- tunity to open up new mar- kets and diversify ourselves a bit better," says Gibbons. "I think that's more of a long- range process. In the interim we're just going to have to make do and hope it gets resolved soon, which I think it will." Email Assistant Editor Melissa Wood at Photo courtesy of Taylor Shellfsh Farms "We lost over a million dollars in sales [in December]. It's devastated our workers whose jobs rely on [geoducks], but as a company we're able to sustain the blow." — Bill Dewey, spokesman, Taylor Shellfsh Farms Farmed geoduck spat take about fve years to grow to harvest size (right). Photo by Angela Coulombe 44_45SpecialFeature_78Calendar.indd 78 2/14/14 9:30 AM

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