With less than a week to go until Aquaculture UK opens in Aviemore, Scotland, anticipation is building for a record turn-out at the long-awaited event, the organization said. The exhibition has been expanded, both indoors and outside, to accommodate more exhibitors than ever, and over 2,500 visitors are expected from 45 countries, said show organizers, Diversified Communications UK.
Aquaculture UK, to be opened by Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Islands, Mairi Gougeon, brings together the entire sector, from key suppliers, feed companies, technical innovators and startups, to research institutions and investment platforms.
From May 3-5, Aviemore will be the center of the aquaculture community. It is the first time in four years that the normally biennial show is being staged in person, following the COVID-19 pandemic, and industry professionals are looking forward to getting “reacquainted with colleagues and friends”, as one leading supplier said.
Highlighting the increasing significance of aquaculture in Scotland and the wealth of technical developments since the last trade fair, the exhibition will showcase products, equipment and services from across the supply chain.
The three-day program, to be opened by Mairi Gougeon, will include presentations from Ally Dingwall of the ASC (Aquaculture Stewardship Council), Professor Simon MacKenzie, head of Stirling’s Institute of Aquaculture, and Sarah Riddle of SAIC (the Sustainable Aquaculture Innovation Centre), which is hosting a Funding Surgery introducing some of the key organizations financing sustainable projects in aquaculture.
A focus on feed, led by Dutch group DSM and marine algal oil pioneer Veramaris, the day one session’s sponsors, will investigate how alternative ingredients can contribute to the sustainable growth of aquaculture.
Aquaculture UK also hosts the Aquaculture Awards, which will be presented at a gala dinner on May 4, presided over by TV and radio star Dougie Vipond. A total of 14 prizes will be awarded that night, celebrating those projects, businesses or individuals making an exceptional contribution to global aquaculture.
The Aquaculture UK exhibition and conference, both free to attend, will be held at the Macdonald Resort in Aviemore, Scotland, from May 3-5, 2022. To find out more about Aquaculture UK, visit aquacultureuk.com.