A RECORD 120 exhibitors will be showcasing their fisheries equipment and services at the Skipper Expo Int Aberdeen 2015 fishing show this coming Friday and Saturday (May 29 and 30).
A major feature of the show, which is sponsored by the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) and Seafish, is the significant number of first-time exhibitors.
Highlights include an open forum session on Friday with Scottish fisheries minister Richard Lochhead on the forthcoming discard ban for demersal fishers.
Hosted by the SFF, the forum will enable fishermen to hear at first-hand how the plans for the landing obligation are developing.
There will be six fishing vessels on display, and exhibitors will cover all areas of the fishing sector, including marine electronics, engine suppliers, fishing gear, safety equipment, creels, chandlery and deck machinery.
‘Fishing for the Future’ is the underlying theme of the expo and on the SFF stand a new scheme to encourage youngsters into fishing will be promoted.
This pilot initiative is supported by Aberdeenshire Council, Scottish Maritime Academy, Skills Development Scotland and Seafish.
The Responsible Fishing Scheme will come under the spotlight on the Seafish stand.
The Scottish Seafood Association will be promoting the very best of Scottish fish and shellfish, including offering visitors the opportunity to sample the finest Scottish seafood.
A special Expo seafood reception for exhibitors is being staged at the Aberdeen Douglas Hotel on Friday evening, supported by sponsors Commercial Oils, Nolan Seafoods and Sunderland Marine.
Sharon Boyle of show organiser Mara Media said: ‘There are a record number of exhibitors this year, which underlines the dynamic nature of the fishing industry.
‘The sheer variety of the stands means that there will be something to interest everyone, which will make it a great event to visit.’
The Skipper Expo Int Aberdeen 2015 will be held at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre. Opening times are 10am to 5pm on May 29, and 10am to 4pm on May 30.