Second Annual Michigan Seafood Summit on April 8th
Posted on: March 25, 2016

Bring your appetites – the second annual Michigan Seafood Summit is slated for April 9th in Traverse City, MI!

According to the event’s site, the summit aims to highlight aquaculture, commercial fisheries, and local seafood in Michigan. In what promises to be a mouth-watering celebration, you can rub shoulders with fish aficionado chefs, foodies, and fishery professionals as they sample the best in Great Lakes culinary treats. The event consists of two sessions, with an agenda that settles somewhere between conference and culinary feast. Of particular note is the multiple-course banquet prepared by star chefs from the Great Lakes Culinary Institute. Read on for the press release, and check out the summit’s site for details, registration, and  accommodation options.

Attendees must register by April 1st – tickets are $50 per person. 

Check out these pics from last year’s summit!


Press Release:


At the first Seafood Summit in 2015, five Michigan chefs prepared a local seafood feast with dishes that ranged from whitefish liver mousse with pickled Brussels sprouts to pecan-crusted rainbow trout with brown butter sage gnocchi, crispy prosciutto and French beans. This year’s event promises to be even better.
The 2016 Michigan Seafood Summit is scheduled for April 8 at the Hagerty Conference Center in Traverse City. The event brings together fisheries professionals, chefs, and the public for a day to talk about — and taste — Michigan seafood.
“We are excited to bring together experts from so many arenas to discuss the future of seafood in Michigan,” notes Jim Diana, Michigan Sea Grant director.
The morning portion of the event focuses on individuals directly involved in growing, harvesting or marketing fishery products. Talks and presentations will discuss seafood sales at farmers markets, the status of permitting for aquaculture, Michigan seafood and the Pure Michigan campaign, and panel discussions on aquaculture technology and commercial fishing.
Afternoon and evening events are geared toward the public. Presentations on net-pen aquaculture, trout culture, the ecology and fisheries of the Great Lakes, and Lake Michigan fish community, will provide the latest information about the state of Michigan’s fisheries and fish industries.
The keynote address will be given by Ted Batterson, emeritus professor at Michigan State University’s Department of Fisheries and Wildlife and former director of the North Central Regional Aquaculture Center. The event also will offer a tribute to Tom Kelly, founder of Inland Seas Education Association.
Another highlight of the event will be a banquet featuring seafood grown or caught in Michigan. The multiple-course meal will be prepared by acclaimed chefs from the Great Lakes Culinary Institute. Like last year’s banquet, it will offer a whole new way of thinking about Michigan seafood.
To learn more about the Michigan Seafood Summit, and to register for the event, visit
Mark Breederland, Extension Educator, Northwest District, (231) 922-4628,
Rhett Register, Communications Program Leader, (734)