Succesful new UK aquaculture event

22-05-2008 | |
Succesful new UK aquaculture event

The first day of the AquacultureUK 2008 exhibition and conference in Aviemore has been hailed a success. “The level of attendance from visitors has been exceptionally good and the exhibition stands have been busy,” David Mack, managing director of exhibition organiser Ascomber Ltd said.

“It has been great to receive such a positive reaction
from the industry and all the signs now point to this exhibition becoming a
regular event in the fish farming calendar.” Exhibitor Baxter Binnie of
Glasgow-based fish farm suppliers Terecos Ltd, added: “It’s great to see an
aquaculture show back in Aviemore. The location is convenient for the Scottish
fish farming industry and our stand has been busy. We have been very pleased
with the level of interest.”

Fishmeal and oil
On the first day
of the seminar programme, Jonathan Shepherd, director general of the
International Fishmeal & Fish Oil Organisation (IFFO), told delegates that
responsible sourcing and sustainability were key priorities for the future.
Fishmeal and oil are vital components of fish feed to ensure a high performance
diet that delivers health promoting qualities to farmed fish. The challenge for
aquaculture is to show that it is sustainable over the long term, Dr Shepherd

“The IFFO is currently
developing an independently audited Code of Responsible Production Practice for
the industry, which we plan to launch later this year.” He added: “All feed
ingredients whether fishmeal or fish oil or vegetable protein or oil must come
from sustainable sources. It is crucial that the industry demonstrates to all
parts of the food supply chain its commitment to responsible production and

AquacultureUK 2008 is taking place at the Macdonald Aviemore Highland Resort
today and tomorrow Thursday 22 May from 10am until 6pm.
The event is expected
to attract international visitors from over 20 countries, all coming to see the
latest products and innovations in the industry. In parallel with the
exhibition, there is a series of relevant seminars and workshops.


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