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With more than a year of pandemic restrictions this September’s Icefish will provide exhibitors with the long overdue facility for multiple face to face business meetings in one place.  European and Global Vaccination programmes are progressing well, with planned Covid Passports relaxing travel from the summer.

Held only once every three years the 13th Icefish will return, 15-17 September 2021, with 80% of the exhibition space already booked and still some months to go.

The last exhibition, held in 2017, saw a 41% increase in overseas exhibitors, this trend continues for 2021 with very strong presence from Turkey, Spain, France, Norway, the Faroe Islands and Lithuania. The 2021 exhibition will also welcome a number of national pavilions including Denmark, the UK and Canada. For the first time there will also be a Spanish national pavilion, representing a large number of shipyards.

The 2021 exhibition welcomes a number of new initiatives including a dedicated area for Processing/Value added/Fish farming and By-products, this is to recognise and reflect industry developments and to align with the 4th edition of the Fish Waste for Profit Conference, taking place on day 2 and 3 of the exhibition. Following the success of 90+ meetings involving 24 countries in 2017; the matchmaking facility, run in conjunction with Innovation Centre Iceland, bringing buyers and sellers together during the show, will also return, further supporting exhibitors/visitors in making key connections at the exhibition.

Much more than an exhibition – Following the postponement from 2020 to 2021 organisers launched Icefish 365, a directory providing exhibitors with a free, enhanced online catalogue entry which includes description, videos, photos, brochures and social media links – plus inclusion in a weekly 365 e-News going out to 14,000+ recipients. This was to provide exposure and visibility to exhibitors while face to face meetings were restricted.

In addition to this we are now working on a virtual exhibition and community platform, which will give our exhibitors in September a reach, far beyond the face to face experience in the exhibition halls over the 3 show days.

Marianne Rasmussen-Coulling, Events Director, Mercator Media organiser, commented “IceFish has developed into an integral event for companies involved within the Commercial Fishing, Aquaculture and Seafood industry, both within Iceland and internationally. With fishing being such an important part of the Icelandic economy and 35% of the value from exports coming from fish or fish related products, Icefish will be offering an unparalleled platform in a rapid changing World. We are looking forward to connecting with customers.”

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If you would like to sponsor, exhibit or attend IceFish 2021, please contact the events team on +44 1329 825335 or email info@icefish.is