Close to 30 countries and over 2,000 Indian as well as foreign delegates participated in the 20th edition of the India International Sea Food Show, which was inaugurated by Union Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Friday, September 23, 2016.
The three-day event, the largest sea food fair in Asia, aimed to boost the country’s aquaculture industry with the US, EU, Southeast Asia, Japan and China as major sea food partners.
The three day event jointly organized by Marine Products Exports Development Authority (MPDEA) and the Sea Food Exporters Association of India (SEAI) was also attended by Union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu among other dignitaries.
The biennial event, first held in 1973 in Mumbai, is the largest sea food fair in Asia which sees participation of sea food importers and exporters of marine products, processors, manufacturers and other sectors. India is the world’s second largest sea food producer.
According to Business World, India recorded an export of $5,511.12 billion in FY 2014-15, a growth of 10.05 per cent compared to last year. The country envisions a turnover of $10 billion by 2020.
At the conclusion on Sunday evening on September 25, 2015, Marine Products Export Development Authority Chairman A. Jayathilak announced that the twenty-first edition of the India International Seafood Show will be held in Goa in February 2018.