The first exhibition in 1984 was held in Reykjavík, Icefish outgrew its original venue in the late nineties and relocated to its new home at the Smárinn Sports Hall in Kópavogur.
2017 is set to be no exception as the interest in IceFish continues to grow steadily. 2014 brought both new exhibitors and visitors from all over the world, with five hundred exhibitors from 32 countries and more than 15,000 visitors from more than 50 countries who made their way to Kópavogur for the event.
‘We are seeing some very strong interest in IceFish 2017 as it's recognised that this is the key route to reaching decision-makers in the fishing and processing sectors, both in Iceland and across the whole North Atlantic region,' said exhibition director Marianne Rasmussen-Coulling.
‘Our sister brand, the well-known and world's longest-established international fisheries publication World Fishing and Aquaculture also plays a primary role in promoting the three-day exhibition and the parallel events such as conferences, the planned match making meetings and the 7th Icelandic Fisheries Awards.
The 2017 exhibition will incorporate several new elements - in response to industry demand - the Exhibition will be held from Wednesday to Friday to ensure the focus is kept on key business attendance. A small business zone will also be introduced giving smaller companies an entry point into sharing the success and opportunities at this triennial exhibition plus the launch of the Bursary awards in conjunction with the Fisheries College in Grindavík.
The Icelandic Fisheries Awards has been a regular feature since 1999 and is hosted jointly by the Ministry of Fisheries and the Mayor of Kópavogur. Companies are encouraged nominate innovative products for the award categories, with the winners selected by a panel of expert judges spearheaded by Fiskifréttir and World Fishing. The awards will presented at a reception on the first night of the show, that never fails to attract key players from the Icelandic and International Fisheries and Seafood Sector.