Wild Seafood Conference

Wild Seafood Connection is produced by Colibri NW.


February 29, 2024, Holiday Inn & Suites, Bellingham, WA

Continental Breakfast and Networking

Welcome and Opening Remarks:

Peter Philips, Colibri Northwest
Bellingham Port Commissioner

Chefs and Retailers Speak:

A panel of local chefs and retailers will share with the audience how they choose wild seafood, and what they look for in a wild seafood vendor: Price point, portioning, delivery and species availability will be discussed.

Coffee Break and Networking

Case Studies in Direct Marketing

Direct marketing is an attractive business model, but it isn’t for everybody. We’ll discuss the hurdles and alternatives to marketing direct to the restaurant and retailer. We’ll hear from those engaged in direct marketing about the challenges and opportunities for the independent commercial fisherman.

Lunch – Roundtables

Join moderators and speakers for a more intimate discussion of the subjects of the day as you enjoy a lunch of wild seafood caught by attendees and speakers. 

Sea Grant Programs for the Commercial Fishing Family

Washington, Oregon and California Sea Grant representatives will share information about the programs they offer to help West Coast independent fishing families survive and thrive as direct marketers and small businesses. 
Moderator: Jenna Keeton, Washington Sea Grant

Coffee Break & Networking

Processing and Distribution

Among the biggest challenges to a successful direct marketing operation are how to deliver a quality product efficiently and affordably. Hear from fishing colleagues, custom processors and distributors on how they process and deliver: locally, nationally and internationally. 


Join speakers, sponsors and your colleagues for a drink and appetizers as you network and share experiences about direct marketing, fishing and the fishing business generally.