The Philippine archipelago is home to one of the richest and most diverse aquatic ecosystems in the world. It is through this that the country enjoys an abundance of commercial and domesticated fish, crustaceans and mollusks.
These are distributed from major fish ports to all over the country and exported to nations like Europe and the US, with tuna being the largest fishery export from the Philippines followed by seaweed, shrimp and crab products.
The fishing industry is a significant sector in the Philippines, contributing around 2 percent of the country’s GDP.
The Department of Trade and Industry, through the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions will showcase what the Philippine seas have to offer in the global market at the upcoming IFEX Philippines NXTFood Asia on May 24 to 26 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila.
One of the new event features that will be unveiled this edition is The Cold Room: Seafood at Sub-Zero. This curated setting will feature the best export quality seafood from the country’s top and rising seafood exporters. To preserve the freshness of these marine products, the whole special setting will be housed in a specially designed cold storage facility custom-built by Cold Front Technologies Asia, Inc.
Trade buyers and visitors are invited to enter The Cold Room and experience temperatures below zero to see and taste the various selections of fresh, frozen and value-added Philippine seafood like tuna, seaweed, prawns, octopus and other high-value marine food products.