Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Division of Marine Fisheries
251 Causeway Street, Suite 400
Boston, MA 02114
Fax (617) 626.1509
August 19, 2011
Open Meeting for Public Market Commission’s Sub-Committee on Fish and Seafood
Scheduled for August 29, 2011
The Public Market Commission Subcommittee on Fish and Seafood is holding an open public meeting on Monday, August 29 at 3:30 at 100 Cambridge Street, Conference Room B, 2nd floor in Boston, MA. The purpose of this meeting is for Commission members to hear firsthand from seafood producers, the fishing community, and other interested parties about how a new public market in downtown Boston can showcase the Commonwealth's seafood, fishing, and aquaculture industries. This is an opportunity for prospective seafood vendors, fishermen/women, and others to offer their thoughts about how a year round market can help create new opportunities for this critical part of the Massachusetts economy.
While the final agenda is still being prepared, the Subcommittee is particularly interested in discussing the following questions:
--What type of preparation does the fishing/seafood industry need to do in order to supply a year-round market in Boston with adequate product?
--What types of products would the industry like to sell?
--What is the appropriate balance of fresh to prepared food in a public market?
-- Given that the Massachusetts industry will be a priority, should the seafood for sale at the market be “Massachusetts only”, “regional”, “international/national” or a blend of the three? What defines those terms?
--Are there opportunities for seafood cooperatives or other shared-risk models?
--How would seafood producers market to restaurateurs from the public market?