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Thursday, March 24, 2016

24/03/2016: Aquaculture UK 2016 — bigger and better than ever!

For the past ten years Aquaculture UK has grown ever more valuable to all sections of the national and international aquaculture industry — bringing together decision makers from more than 30 countries worldwide. 


Today this ground-breaking exhibition, conference and gala dinner is recognised as the essential place to launch and promote new products, meet new customers, establish relationships with buyers and suppliers, and network with everyone from industry influencers to leading academics, hands-on researchers, government agencies and international journalists. 

Taking place for the fifth time at Aviemore, Scotland on May 25-26, Aquaculture UK has 45 percent more exhibition space than previous years, with over 100 exhibitors already booked and is expecting a record high of more than 1000 expected visitors over the course of the two days. 

Founder David Mack, who has recently handed over the reins for Aquaculture UK to 5M publishing, says, “Attendees have always felt that Aquaculture UK is an unmissable event and it is. The location, size and ease of access of the location really works. All the hotels, conference rooms and the exhibition hall in Aviemore are within 200-300 metres of each other which means it is very easy to carry on networking long after the official opening times." 

"The bar of the Highland Hotel buzzes till early in the morning as delegates and exhibitors catch up on industry matters and gossip. In Scotland we had several years of rapid growth, even during the recession and this is reflected by the growth in the show. Going forward, feedback has been taken from previous events to make this year's show the biggest and the best yet!”

Reaching new customers….
Major sponsors and exhibitors at this year's event include VAKI, Aquapharma, Skretting, FAIVRE, Fish Vet Group, EWOS, Biomar, AKVA, KJ and Mohn Aqua as well as many more. 

Although it is undoubtedly a highly important event in Scotland and the UK, the show has grown to become a truly international event with exhibitors from Europe, Canada, Peru, Israel, Iceland and the USA.

Jonn Sólheim Thomsen at KJ, the largest supplier of cages and catamarans to the Faroese salmon industry says, “We are coming back this year because Aquaculture UK 2014 was very good for us. We met many people from the industry and received orders on both cages and catamarans. We are now looking forward to Aquaculture UK 2016 to meet both current and future customers.”  

Mal Scott from Mohn Aqua, who will also be exhibiting at the show added, "We are delighted to be exhibiting at Aquaculture UK 2016. It is the perfect opportunity to showcase our new product range to new and existing customers from around the globe. This year we will be excited to be displaying our new Fish Health Monitoring System that can detect and count Sea Lice automatically."

Pushing Boundaries….
New this year and coming on board as a major supporter of the event is the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) who will be hosting a conference on the second day. 

They plan to poll visitors to Aquaculture UK on the first day and then discuss the results via an in-depth roundtable on day 2. The focus is on making sure the discussions at the conference reflect the most important issues relevant to this year’s visitors. 

It is hoped that this will facilitate the sharing of best practice and enable delegates to address the industry's hottest topics from Sea Lice to Anaemic Gill Disease to Cleaner Fish and more. 

The conference will also include workshops on what a national centre for aquaculture might look like and a focus session on DZR developments. The involvement of the SAIC is all about strengthening the links between the aquaculture industry and the research community in order to facilitate further commercial success and economic growth. 

Tomorrow’s industry leaders….  
Elanco Animal Health will again sponsor the Young Scientist Award for Best Student Presentation and this competition will take place on the first day. 

The winner will receive an amazing all-expenses paid visit to Elanco’s dedicated Aquaculture R&D site on Prince Edward Island, Canada where they will meet with their leading scientists involved in vaccines, and the latest pharmaceutical and technological innovations.

The 2014 winner was Marie Smedley and she visited Elanco's Aqua Health Facilities in Canada as well as Cooke Aquaculture, the Atlantic Vet School and Aquabounty. 

 “For me the conference was an exciting chance to communicate my Phd research to a wider audience in the aquaculture dominion. Visiting the Elanco facilities in Canada, gave me a unique opportunity to network and learn of ongoing research in aquatic health and production. 

As a young researcher, Aquaculture UK is an amazing introduction to the UK industry as it is probably the most important platform for stakeholders in the UK Aquaculture sector.”

Commenting on why they sponsor this award, Elanco's Global Head of Aqua Business says, “We have a rich history of aquaculture innovation and we believe that encouraging young, talented scientists is pivotal to building the future of our industry. Our commitment to research and innovation for the aquaculture industry involves active collaboration with a wide industry network that extends from academic institutions to our own customers.” 

Network… at our Gala Dinner...
A highlight of the event as in previous years, will be the Aquaculture UK 2016 Awards Gala Dinner to celebrate the UK Aquaculture industry. Held on Wednesday 25th May at the Macdonald Aviemore Highland Resort the dinner includes pre-dinner entertainment and will be a great opportunity to meet and relax with suppliers and clients at the end of the first day. 


Read more HERE.

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