China Fisheries & Seafood Expo was created in 1996 as a joint venture between the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade Unit (CCPIT-SSA), a division within China’s 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 was responsible for recruiting exhibitors and visitors from outside China.
The inaugural CFSE was held in 1996 in Qingdao. Since then, CFSE, which takes place the first week in November, has been held in the following cities: Beijing, Dalian, Shanghai and Guangzhou.
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. In 2014, CFSE moved permanently to Qingdao.