Fergus Ewing opens biggest Aquaculture UK event on record

Fergus Ewing Fergus Ewing, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity in the Scottish Government, officially opens the Aquaculture UK exhibition and conference

Aquaculture UK has been formally opened by the Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity Fergus Ewing.

In 2017, reported Scottish salmon farming growth was up 35% compared to 2016, reaching a record GB£600m. This year’s Aquaculture UK conference in Aviemore is expected to be the biggest on record with over 190 exhibitors and 1,800 delegates anticipated over the event from 23-24 May.

Mr Ewing said: “Aquaculture UK provides a unique opportunity for the industry to get together to discuss innovation, sustainable growth and the challenges for the future. Aquaculture remains an important and valuable sector to Scotland with farmed salmon the UK’s number one food export while the sector currently supports more than 12,000 jobs and makes a major contribution to rural, island and coastal communities. That’s why it is crucial that we work with the industry to ensure it can grow sustainably.”

Networking opportunity

With the Scottish parliament’s salmon inquiry well underway, the 2018 Aquaculture UK event offers a valuable opportunity for stakeholders to network with key players in the industry, discover new innovative products and meet decision makers.

Matt Colvan, Aquaculture UK event organiser, commented: “We’re delighted that Mr Ewing opened the show this morning. It signifies the importance of trade events such as these in sharing knowledge and best practice across the industry.

“Aquaculture UK shines a spotlight on the research, innovation, technology and expertise that is the driving force behind the development of a sustainable aquaculture industry in Scotland.”

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