At the inaugural Alabama Gulf Seafood Summit, folks from all corners of Alabama’s seafood industry and beyond met to examine conditions in the business and discuss issues affecting the industry.
The commercial fisheries of Alabama provide significant jobs, income and sales impact in the state of Alabama. More than 11,000 jobs are directly related to the seafood industry with a total economic impact to the state of more than $499 million annually.
At last year’s Alabama Gulf Seafood Summit, conversations were held, knowledge was exchanged and, most importantly, partnerships were formed. It was a tremendous success for the industry as a whole and an invaluable resource for individuals looking to increase business.
That’s why we’re doing it all again this year.
The Second Annual Alabama Gulf Seafood Summit will be held at the Mobile Convention Center on April 22-23, registration is now open and free to those who would like to attend.
Attendees this year will include Commissioner John McMillan of the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries and Alabama Representative David Sessions, as well as representatives from Lulu’s at Homeport Marina, the Original Oyster House, Piggly Wiggly, US Foods, Sysco Gulf Coast and Inland Seafood.
“The first Alabama Seafood Summit brought together every stakeholder in the seafood industry to form a consensus on what was needed in order to move forward with an action plan,” said Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries Commissioner John McMillan. “It appears that plan is moving forward. This second Seafood Summit will surely help us in keeping our efforts focused and on target as the Alabama Gulf Seafood brand is gaining strength and great acceptance with consumers.”
There will be numerous sessions, panel discussions and networking opportunities for attendees throughout the event, all centering around a singular goal—forging new business opportunities for Alabama Gulf Seafood and the hard-working people who make up our Gulf seafood industry. A tentative Summit agenda is available now.
More than 100 participants were present at last year’s event, and organizers are anticipating an even larger attendance this year.
“Our company greatly benefitted from last year’s Alabama Seafood Summit,” said Don Abercrombie, owner of AquaSouth Seafood. “Trace Register offered us opportunities to develop a traceability program. Knowing where your product comes from is very important, and the opportunity to improve industries by improving product quality is a game-changer.”
Learn more about the Second Annual Alabama Gulf Seafood Summit and register to attend today on the event website.