A NEW fish park is being proposed for Boston, Massachusetts, home to North America’s largest seafood expo.
The 220,000 square foot complex, to be built on a seven acre site on the outskirts of the city, will be equipped with up-to-date processing and distribution facilities.
And it will become home to a number of seafood companies which have outgrown their existing premises and are keen to expand. The seafood industry currently supports around 1,400 jobs in the area.
Eden Milroy, president of the developer, Pilot Development Partners, said in a letter to the Boston Planning and Development Agency: ‘The introduction of locally provisioned retail seafood at this location will provide a valuable interface between the seafood industry and the public.’
The Boston Globe said the emphasis on seafood in the Boston area was changing as restrictions on the local fishing industry meant processors were now focusing more on preparing and moving fresh seafood flown in from countries around the world.
The Massachusetts Port Authority’s chief executive, Thomas Glynn, told the paper it was more important these days for the fish processors to be closer to the city’s Logan International Airport than the nearby vessel landing area, which was currently supplying a comparatively small volume of fish.
The next Seafood Expo North America takes place from March 11-13, 2018, at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Pilot Development Partners was founded in 1994 by Milroy to address a strong need for independent development management and advice. The company has already developed a number of other seafood related projects in the Boston area.