Following consultation with exhibitors and visitors, Mara Media, the organiser of Scottish Skipper Expo 2020 (13 and 14 November) has decided not to stage the event this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and has rolled the show forward to now take place in Aberdeen on 14 and 15 May 2021.
Hugh Bonner, managing director of Mara Media, said, “We are tremendously disappointed to make this decision, but we are confident it is the right move, given the ongoing uncertainty surrounding COVID-19.
“Following consultation with the industry, our overwhelming feeling was it would not have been possible to deliver the high-quality show that the commercial fishing sector expects. The health and safety of exhibitors, visitors and the wider public was also a pivotal factor in the final decision.
“We are now looking forward to next year’s event which will return stronger to celebrate its 10th-anniversary show, at the new venue of the P & J Live arena in Aberdeen.”
Elspeth Macdonald, CEO of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said: “It is obviously disappointing that the Scottish Skipper Expo has had to be further postponed, but in the circumstances, it was the responsible thing to do. We very much look forward to welcoming exhibitors and visitors to the Aberdeen show in 2021 and to a brighter future for the industry.”
Scottish Skipper Expo will be held on 14 and 15 May 2021. We will continue to keep in touch with the industry and be supportive in any way we can.
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