Friday, August 26, 2016

26/08/2016: Biennial aquaculture event is proving to be quite a catch

by Andrew Wilkinson, International Aquafeed Magazine

Set at the foot of the Clengorn Mountains in the northern most reaches of Scotland, you will find the small picture postcard town of Aviemore. For the winter months at least, you could be forgiven for thinking that you were in an Alpine ski resort, as skiers from all over the world head north to tackle the challenging Glencorian slopes.
However, every other year when the snow thaws, the two day spectacular that is Aquaculture UK takes place. Now swelling to accommodate upwards of 130 exhibitors, Aquaculture UK took place from 23rd May to 24th May 2016 at the Aviemore Highland Resort in Inverness, United Kingdom. 

This event gave those present to view some of the very latest developments and innovations in the aquaculture industry. A truly international event, with industry leading exhibitors from over 30 countries occupying a myriad of booths within the very capacious conjoined marquees, the tens of thousands of fish farmers, journalists, industry experts and potential buyers and sellers who attended were certainly warmly welcomed to the exhibition.

Now in its tenth year, Aquaculture UK ventured into new territory as year as 5M Publishing took the helm for the very first time. Although former showman extraordinaire David Mack was still on hand to ensure that the smooth transition of the shows ownership took place with as few glitches as possible.

Everyone concerned delivered their tasks with absolute aplomb, with the show’s layout ensuring that all areas were accessible and there were no dead-ends or easily forgotten corners; although the marquee was very cold on the first morning. All areas were well lit but perhaps most importantly, there was an entire army of blue-jacketed 5M staff on hand to ensure that any issues were soon ironed out. 

Greeting attendees at every stand were the great and good of those with a vested interest in the technological side of aquaculture. Each stand, as you will see form the array of pictures that accompanies this article, was manned by exceptionally well presented, knowledgeable and friendly ambassadors for their respective brands. If you had a question, they were more than happy to answer it – or even swap a business card or two, and in some cases, a joke!

The conferences were also well attended and informative, with some of some really tricky subjects challenged absolutely head on and without hesitation. In some cases in fact, some conferences were so well attended that there was standing room only.

The Gala Dinner occupied the evening in between the show’s two main days. The entertainment was light with a traditional band warming up proceedings before a flavousome three-course meal was served. After the awards were presented, the after dinner speaker raised a titter or two from the large multi-national audience, shortly before everyone retired to bed in preparation for a busy second day.

The final day of the conference offered attendees the opportunity to cement relationships formed on day one of the show, as well as reflect on what was for many a very worthwhile experience. And as the sun shone on those packing up following a very rewarding two days, and the 130 or so exhibitors dispersed across the globe, only one regret remained – that this show is biannual, see you in two years and thank you Aquaculture UK 2016.

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