NY Seafood Summit: NYSG Hosts 5th Annual Event Facilitating Cross-Sector Networking & Collaboration
Publications: Success Stories - Extension (2022)

2021 NY Seafood Summit speakers (from top left clockwise): Paule Pachter, Long Island Cares; David Lepkofker, New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets; Chef Victoria Blamey, New York City; Warren Kremin, Blue Ribbon Fish Co.; Peter Haskell, Haskell’s Seafood; John Ng, Hudson Valley Fisheries.


Michael Ciaramella, NYSG Seafood Safety & Technology Specialist, P: 631-632-8730, E: mc2544@cornell.edu

New York Sea Grant fosters active communication and synergistic collaboration to enhance the resilience and growth of the State’s seafood industry.

Stony Brook, NY, August 10, 2022 - The New York seafood industry is robust and diverse, but often operates in a siloed capacity. New York Sea Grant (NYSG) efforts to increase communication and networking amongst the various players in the seafood industry (producers, harvesters, culinary professionals, retailers, wholesalers, etc.) are helping to support the local seafood economy and enhance use and awareness of New York seafood products. This became increasingly more important during the economic upheaval of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In 2021, to foster active communications among the various sectors of the NY seafood industry, NYSG coordinated the 5th Annual Seafood Summit. The Summit was hosted virtually over the course of one week with a focus on a different sector of the seafood industry each day. The webinars highlighted new and ongoing efforts across the state and introduced participants to the delicious, diverse, sustainable, and versatile seafood available locally.

More than 175 seafood professionals and interested consumers participated in the 2021 virtual Seafood Summit. Topical webinars included a cooking demonstration, and presentations on fisheries, aquaculture, and seafood wholesale and marketing. A final day of panel discussions explored the impacts of COVID-19 and the industry efforts to adapt and build resilience. All sessions were recorded and made available online to broaden the reach of the Seafood Summit and make the content accessible statewide. Please see www.nyseagrant.org/seafoodsummit.

Project Partners:

• Center for Aquatic Animal Research and Management (CFAARM) 
• GreenRabbits
• GrowNYC 
• New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets

Through this virtual outreach programming coordinated by New York Sea Grant, more than 175 seafood professionals and consumers engaged with the local seafood industry to learn more about the diversity of seafoods and production methods that are utilized throughout New York State.

More Info: New York Sea Grant

New York Sea Grant (NYSG), a cooperative program of Cornell University and the State University of New York (SUNY), is one of 34 university-based programs under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Sea Grant College Program.

Since 1971, NYSG has represented a statewide network of integrated research, education and extension services promoting coastal community economic vitality, environmental sustainability and citizen awareness and understanding about the State’s marine and Great Lakes resources.

Through NYSG’s efforts, the combined talents of university scientists and extension specialists help develop and transfer science-based information to many coastal user groups—businesses and industries, federal, state and local government decision-makers and agency managers, educators, the media and the interested public.

The program maintains Great Lakes offices at Cornell University, SUNY Buffalo, SUNY Oswego and the Wayne County Cooperative Extension office in Newark. In the State's marine waters, NYSG has offices at Stony Brook University in Long Island, Brooklyn College and Cornell Cooperative Extension in NYC and Kingston in the Hudson Valley.

For updates on Sea Grant activities: www.nyseagrant.org has RSS, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube links. NYSG offers a free e-list sign up via www.nyseagrant.org/nycoastlines for its flagship publication, NY Coastlines/Currents, which is published quarterly.

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