Michigan Seafood Summit

Date: March 12, 2015 - March 12, 2015
Location: Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center

Have you ever wondered how locally grown or caught fish got from the water to your plate? Michigan has a vibrant commercial fishery, as well as an aquaculture industry poised for growth. Learn more about locally grown and wild Michigan seafood at the first annual Michigan Seafood Summit. Fisheries will be explored in two half-day sessions: from an industry perspective (morning) and from a consumer perspective (afternoon). Michigan Seafood Feast ‒ a five-course dinner prepared by renowned Michigan chefs tops off the summit.

Michigan Sea Grant, along with Aqua Growers and a number of collaborators, are kick-starting this annual seafood summit to promote aquaculture, commercial fisheries and local seafood in Michigan. Fish producers currently lack an opportunity to network, promote their complementary seafood products, or identify ways to more efficiently process, distribute and market their seafood. This summit will connect practitioners in these fields while strengthening the food fish network across the state.

Although Michigan is proud to be the Great Lakes State, there is relatively little public recognition for the state’s rich fishing heritage or its unique resources that support a growing aquaculture industry. The summit is intended not only to create networking opportunities, but also to involve the public, along with culinary schools and local chefs, as well as high schools and technical schools in Michigan’s sustainable seafood industry.

Morning sessions will feature local seafood sales opportunities through farmers markets, fisheries and aquaculture financing, seafood safety, regulations and permits, access to food systems and panel discussions on aquaculture. Afternoon sessions will cover health benefits of Michigan seafood, panel discussions, the future of aquaculture and fisheries, and a keynote on seafood sustainability. Attendees will have access to leaders in the commercial fishing, aquaculture and fish processing industries and will have a chance to ask questions and add to the discussion.

For information on the Michigan Seafood Summit, please contact Michigan Sea Grant director Jim Diana at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or visit http://www.miseagrant.umich.edu/seafoodsummit/.