Foreign fish processors and buyers are in Boston this week attending Seafood Expo North America. Many are also taking time to visit the Port of New Bedford.

Harbor Development Commission Director Ed Anthes-Washburn is hosting tours all this week. "More and more people are beginning to understand the status of New Bedford as the number one commercial fishing port in the country. It's not just scallops, they're looking at groundfish, they're looking at crab, they're lookIng at all the other products we have in New Bedford," says Anthes-Washburn.

A delegation of about ten people from the Canadian Province of Quebec toured the waterfront on Wednesday.

Mary Beth Meade is the commercial attache' for the Quebec government office in Boston. She tells WBSM News, fishermen and processors in Quebec and New Bedford can learn from each other.

"It's starting the dialogue, and this is just the start. There will be followups of course and the Seafood Expo is every year so hopefully we'll be down here again, and perhaps the folks from New Bedford can come up to Quebec in the future."

The Quebec delegation visited the daily fish auction on Hassey Street, the UMass-Dartmouth School of Marine Science and Eastern Fisheries. New Bedford also hosted a delegation from Morocco earlier this week.

Jim Phillips / TSM
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