China Fisheries & Seafood Expo was created in 1996 as a joint venture with the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade Unit (CCPIT-SSA), the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and Sea Fare Expositions, Inc., a privately held company based in Seattle, Washington which has been organizing trade expositions for the seafood industry since 1984. As the Overseas Organizer, Sea Fare Expositions is responsible for recruiting exhibitors and visitors from outside China to attend the show.
In 2005, Sea Fare Expositions created a wholly-owned foreign subsidiary in Beijing, Sea Fare (China) Ltd. to increase both visitor and exhibitor participation among both Chinese and overseas companies with offices in China. Both the General Manager and Sales Manager of Sea Fare (China) have worked at the Ministry of Agriculture and are responsible for organizing Chinese participation in CFSE. Since the opening of Sea Fare (China), both Chinese and overseas participation has increased significantly.