, the leading online marketplace for the global seafood industry, today announced the opening of the company's European office located in Paris, France and headed by Eric Fleury as vice president of sales for Europe. This announcement comes following the company's success during the European Seafood Exposition held in Brussels ten days ago and after announcing the launch of its South American office in Santiago, Chile.For the past eight years, Mr. Fleury worked at the United States Mission to the European Union as the Permanent Representative of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NFMS). In that position, he worked with governments and private companies in the US and throughout Europe on issues including international trade relations, promotion of US seafood products, product sanitation and industry policy. "Eric's experience in the European market is tremendous," said David Lancaster, founder and president of "He has worked with trade associations, governments, businesses, and agencies. With the depth and breadth of his activities in the industry over the past thirteen years, Eric will be a great benefit to our members not only in Europe, but worldwide and will be a key element in the execution of our global strategy."Mr. Fleury studied agronomy, specializing in fisheries, at the Ecole Nationale Superieur d'Agronomie de Rennes and has been involved with the industry since 1986. Fleury remarked, "Europeans are very aware of the impact the Internet is having on business. The seafood industry is no exception, and will play a significant role in helping European seafood companies benefit from these trends."