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Last week we wrote about FishFacts and the Faroese father and son, Óli and Hanus Samró, who are organizing the world’s first virtual FishExpo.

FishFacts were meant to have a stand at Havfisk in Bergen and NorFishing in Tromsø, but both FishExpos were cancelled due to the Covid-19 crises.

Instead of sitting back and giving up, they decided to arrange their own, a virtual FishExpo.

“I am pleasantly surprised by the interest shown. I am almost speechless. We have already confirmed bookings from 17 service providers. It may not sound like much, but when you consider the fact that we launched our FishExpo less than a week ago, it is already a success,” says Hanus Samró, co-founder of Fishfacts.com

The virtual FishExpo is like any other expo, but with virtual stands and meetings.

“What surprised me the most, is the reaction from our captains. They are very pleased because they can finally attend a FishExpo, even though they’re at sea. They want to know everything about the newest techniques and technologies, and finally we can give them what they seek. Not only will they be able to see the stands but if the attendees want to, they can arrange/attend live-streams and events online,” says Hanus Samró.

Over 400 fishing vessels use FishFacts: from Svalbard in the north to Antarctica in the south and from Canada in the west to Okhotsk in the east. FishFact has developed very quickly over a short period of time. The newest possibility allows the fishing industry to connect to service providers.

“This is the first virtual FishExpo in the world. There will always be scepticism, but luckily we have permission to mention some of our users. Many of them are thinking of building new fishing vessels. We cannot mention them all but we have permission to give some examples.

“We can confirm that our exhibitors will connect with some of the biggest trawlers in the North Atlantic: Gitte Henning1, Gerda Marie, Aðalsteinn Jónsson, Avataq, Akraberg, Enniberg and others. The captains have confirmed attendance at our virtual FishExpo on the 9th and 10th of June 2020,” says Hanus Samró, director of sales and co-owner of FishFacts.

See floorplan and references on www.expo.fishfacts.com