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Scottish Skipper Expo

7 & 8 MAY 2026

Thursday 10am – 5pm
Friday 10am – 4pm



Scottish Skipper Expo 2024: A Celebration of Innovation and Industry

The Scottish Skipper Expo, the UK’s largest commercial fishing event, is renowned for showcasing a huge variety of high-quality products and services from the industry. The 2024 exhibition did not disappoint – from boats to creels, there was something for everyone. 

On Thursday, 9th May, the doors of the Scottish Skipper Expo 2024 opened at the impressive P&J Arena. Eager visitors from all over the UK and the wider European fishing community quickly filled the hall, creating an energetic atmosphere.

The event was opened by Rural Affairs Secretary Mairi Gougeon, alongside show sponsors Elspeth MacDonald, CEO of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, and Peter Duncan, Head of Fishing at Peterhead Port Authority.

Speaking of their involvement as one of the main sponsors of the event, Elspeth MacDonald said: “The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) was proud once again to sponsor the Scottish Skipper Expo.. The Expo is a great opportunity for us to speak to fishermen from across the country and to meet with many other organisations working across the sector. We were also delighted to be able to showcase SFF’s ‘Pride In The Seas’ exhibition to a wider audience, and to have Cabinet Secretary Mairi Gougeon sign the Pride In The Seas pledge, as well as making a speech and formally opening the show. Another very well organised event – the Skipper team are great to work with. Here’s to 2026!”

Sponsoring the event for the first time, Peterhead Port Authority’s Head of Commercial Fisheries, Peter Duncan, said: “Firstly, we were delighted to be one of the two main sponsors of the Scottish Skipper Expo 2024. The event was very successful, with a large number of attendees reflecting the confidence within the sector at this time.

“At our stand we had a new innovation this year – a set of 360 virtual reality goggles with footage of several areas of the port including the inside of the fishmarket and the shiplift as a vessel was returned to sea following repainting work.

“It’s not always possible for those who would like to visit Peterhead to do so – with this virtual reality headset we were able to take the Port to the people. Gratifyingly, the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Mairi Gougeon, came to view the footage and was amazed by the experience!”

The aisles buzzed with activity across the two days, as attendees enjoyed meeting with exhibiting companies, friends, and colleagues face-to-face. With over 160 companies from 18 countries, visitors had a unique chance to engage with a range of potential suppliers in person, something online ordering can’t replicate.

The boat display area at the back of the hall was a highlight, featuring a record seven boats on display. Visitors were eager to explore the diverse vessel designs and features. Gerry Smyth from G Smyth Boats praised the event, calling it “a great show for G Smyth Boats.”

Sharon Boyle, Commercial Fishing Manager for show organizer Mara Media, expressed delight at the strong attendance over the two-day event with visitors and exhibitors enthusiastic about conducting business.

“With the show now held every two years and the next one in 2026, it was fantastic to see the lively atmosphere as visitors took advantage of meeting suppliers from around the world. With up to 2,500 attendees, there was a sense of optimism in the fishing industry after some challenging years.

“I want to thank all exhibitors for their tremendous support. After 12 years, the event has become a community, providing companies with a platform to network, collaborate, and conduct business.”

The 2024 Expo also featured the popular Seafood Tasters, hosted by Seafood Scotland. Visitors enjoyed freshly prepared seafood delicacies, including seared scallops, haddock tacos, breaded scampi, butter-basted langoustine tails and Cullen Skink  – a huge hit among all.

Seafood Scotland commented on their participation, saying, “We served delicious Scottish seafood tasters at the Expo, which were enjoyed by everyone from apprentices to experienced fishermen, suppliers, distributors, and Scotland’s Rural Affairs Secretary Mairi Gougeon, who also signed a pledge to protect and support Scotland’s fishing industry and coastal communities.”

With the next Scottish Skipper Expo to be held on Thursday 7th and Friday 8th May 2026, show organisers Mara Media will review feedback and continue to enhance the show experience for all involved. Check out the Scottish Skipper Expo event page for updates: https://theskipper.ie/scottish-skipper-expo/

Sharon and the entire team invite you all to visit the Irish Skipper Expo 2025, taking place from the 21st to 22nd March in UL Sports Arena Limerick.

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Stand Booking & Costings

Scottish Skipper Expo 2024 Booking Form

Click the image below to access the Booking Form, where you will find all the necessary information on stand options and costs.

To re-book your stand or inquire about booking a new stand, please contact Sharon Boyle directly.

Sharon Boyle (Commercial Fishing Manager)

T: +353 (0) 74 9548037
M: +353 (0) 86 8401250
E: sharon@maramedia.ie


Online Booking Form - New Exhibitors Only (approval based on availability)

SSE Exhibitors Booking Form 2024

(If applicable)
Contact Name(Required)
ie. 6m x 3m, 4m x 3m, 4m x 3m, 3m x 3m
(for linking on exhibitor list)
Stand Prices(Required)
Tick required box

Exhibitors' Manual

Click the image below to view the Exhibitors’ Manual for the 2024 Show. 

The manual contains all of the information exhibitors need to be able to fully prepare for the show – it is vital that all exhibitors read the manual from beginning to end and send back the completed forms by Friday 12th April. 

Forms can be completed manually or click here to complete the forms online

Click the image below to access the full Exhibitors’ Manual

P& J Live - How to Get There

P&J Live, East Burn Road, Stoneywood, Aberdeen, AB21 9FX

P&J Live is Scotland’s brand new, state-of-the-art events venue, and the new home of Scottish Skipper Expo.

The venue is located close to Aberdeen International Airport, six miles northwest of the city centre, and just a few short minutes from the city’s new western peripheral route. You can reach the venue using a range of transport options.

Directions – click here.


We have special show rates at the following hotels, click on the hotel image to visit their website

Aberdeen Douglas Hotel, City Centre
20 minute drive from Show Centre

43-45 Market Street, Aberdeen AB11 5EL

The hotel is located in the heart of the city centre, an independently owned business our experienced staff will do everything to make your stay in the Granite City a truly enjoyable experience. Located onsite is Molly’s Bistro, open daily serving fresh local produce and tasty daily specials. Malones Irish Pub, our very own lively corner of Ireland, showing Live sports and Live music.

Tel: 0044 (0)1224 582255
Email: reservations@aberdeendouglas.com
Quote: Skipper Expo at time of booking

Single Room: £65 per night Bed and Breakfast
Double/ Twin Room: £85 per night Bed and Breakfast
Executive Double Room: £105 per night Bed and Breakfast
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday


Hilton Hotel
Next to Show Centre

East Burn Road, Stoneywood, Aberdeen AB21 9FX

Click here to book the special rates for Scottish Skipper Expo 2024

Tel: 01224 984111
Please email: reservations@hiltonaberdeenteca.com

Single Room: £125 per night
Double Rooms: £151 per night
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

*Special rate bookings can be made up until 12th April 2024



Aloft Hotel
Next to Show Centre

Gough Burn Road, Stoneywood, Aberdeen AB21 9FX

Click here to book the special rates for Scottish Skipper Expo 2024

Tel: 01224 984777
Please email both, reservations@aloftaberdeenteca.comreception@aloftaberdeenteca.

Single Room: £105 per night
Double Room: £115 per night
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

www.alofthotels.com  or www.aloftaberdeenteca.com


Additional Hotel Offers to be added soon


Scottish Skipper Expo 2024 – New Floorplan

Last updated: Friday 3rd May 2024

Check out the new layout and floorplan for the Scottish Skipper Expo 2024 – Only limited spaces available

For new customers, please email Sharon directly – sharon@maramedia.ie and we will be in touch as soon as possible.

Contact Sharon for more information

Sharon Boyle – Commercial Fishing Sales Manager

Email: sharon@maramedia.ie
Tel: 00353 (0)74 95 48037
Mob: 00353 (0)86 8401250

Show Reception

As the countdown to the 2024 Scottish Skipper Expo begins, Mara Media are delighted to announce that once again, the complimentary Show Reception will be held at the Douglas Hotel, Aberdeen on Thursday 9th May at 7:30pm.

The event promises to be the perfect opportunity for everyone to relax and socialise after a successful first day at the show, also providing the perfect setting to continue networking with those in the industry.

The event will once again be sponsored by Commercial Oils (Certas), Sunderland Marine & Yanmar, with fresh seafood to be prepared by the excellent catering team at the Douglas Hotel.

The 2024 event will also see Glasgow based family group, Atlantic Reel taking to the stage to entertain the crowd. With strong Irish roots, the talented group will have the Douglas Hotel buzzing throughout the night.

The Show Reception will once again be open to all exhibitors and their guests on an invite basis.







2024 List of Exhibitors

Scottish Skipper Expo 2024 – List of Exhibitors to Date

Last updated 30th April 2024

This list of exhibitors was compiled by Mara Media with permission from the individual exhibitors. This list is the exclusive copyrighted intellectual property of Mara Media and is reproduced here for informational purposes only. Any unauthorized commercial use or reproduction of this list, including soliciting exhibitors or representing yourself as an agent of the trade show is prohibited and may subject you to civil and criminal liability.

Company Name Stand No.
Akdeniz Shipyard  B3
Alisha Mary Fisheries C9
AR Peachment G3
Asano Global Co Ltd F14
Audacious Marine Boats & Mouldings Ltd H3
Barrus Ltd D6
Bartech Marine Engineering G22
Beta Marine F3
Blue Float Energy A7
Brdr Markussens Metalvarefabrik – BLUELINE’ E15
Brunvoll AS  D19
Caithness Creels G14
Carsoe B16
Certas Energy / Commercial Oils E26
Charity & Taylor B1
Charles Cleghorn Ltd F15
CJ Marine H6
Clements Engineering B6
Cotesi G6
Crown Marine Seats Ltd E10
Davidsons Marine & Industrial Painters D11
Denholm Fish Selling  E5
Diamond Diesels (UK) F18
DMG Welding Services H5
Doosan (Watermota) E16
Duusgaard Coating E22
East Grampian Coastal Partnership A5
E Propulsion E25
Echomaster Marine F12
Egersund Trawl  G13
Engines Plus Ltd. E21
Etkin Marin G12
ESB Wind Development D4
Evotec A12
Faithlie Trawl D31
FF Skagen C7
Finnie 4 x 4 B14
Finning (UK) Ltd E1
Finnøy Gear & Propeller AS G10
Fishing News G8
Fraserburgh Harbour Commissioners D18
Furuno (UK) Ltd C10
G Smyth Boats H1
Gael Force Marine E6
Grampian Powerclean F4
Grubsboot C5
Guy Cotten UK ltd D8
GW Containers B12
Harland & Wolff E14
Helmsman Systems B4
Hirtshals Fish Auction E22
Hondex F12
Hundested Propeller  D15
Icom UK Ltd D21
Inka Pallets E23
Jackson Trawls B12
JCF Marine G21
JC Hydraulics D23
Jimmy Walsh Propellers D5
Jens Berg Shipping C7
Kapp ehf D34
Karmoy Winch C3
Karstensens Skibsværft,  D12
Katchi Technologies D20
Kongsberg Discovery F12
Kort Propulsion E3
KROHNE Norway AS E12
KT Nets C12
Lerwick Port Authority C11
LGM Products D30
LOWINFOOD, James Hutton Institute  G5
Macduff Diesels E21
Macduff Ship Design Ltd F1
Macduff Shipyards Limited F16
Mackinnons F7
MacGregor RAPP & TRIPLEX D22
Malakoff Ltd C15
Mantsbrite Marine Electronics G11
Marco  D29
Marine Components International Ltd F2
Marine Control Services A/S F5
Marine Engine Services  F9
Marine Fire Safety (Scotland) Ltd C6
Marine Stewardship Council G16
Marport B8
Maritime & Coastguard  Agency D25
MEN United E27
Mermaid Marine  D28
MMS Scotland E16
Model Boats Display D35
Morenot B5
Morgere  D26
Murphy Marine Services E8
Nogva Heimdal Propulsion AS D13
Nordsøtrawl A/S E13
Notus  B11
Olex AS F12
Orskov Yard A/S D10
PBP Services C8
Pelagia G2
Peterhead Port Authority D2
PingMe (Ocean Space Acoustics) C4
Plast-Equip D34
PME Group G25
Polar Fishing Gear F10
Poleson Marine H2
Port of Hirtshals E22
Port of Skagen C7
Ports of Scotland. G7
Poseidon Navigation F12
Pride in the Seas A11
PTG Frionordica C1
Riverdale Mills E18
RNLI Fishing Safety D24
RNLI Fundraising A3
Royston  G18
RSM UK Tax and Accounting Limited C13
SafetyNet Technologies LTD E7
Scandic Pelagic C7
Scanmar D1
Scantrol  A6
Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF)  C2
Scottish Maritime Academy D7
Seafield Navigation B10
SeaFish E20
Seafood Tasters E28
Sea Flux G17
The Seafarers’ Charity/ Headscarf Revolutionary A2
Seatite Hatches A8
SeaQuest Systems F17
Selva Marine G24
Service Team Skagen C7
Shetland Islands Council C14
Simplex Turbulo E24
Skipsteknisk AS F8
Slippurinn D34
Succorfish G15
Sunderland Marine E4
Swan Net Gundry Ltd E11
Teamac Marine Paints G1
Tele Radio F6
The Fishermen’s Mission G9
The Skipper/Mara Media B2
Thistle Marine (Peterhead) Ltd B15
Thyboron Trawldoor D14
Tide 2030 A11
Trefjar Ltd F13
Tyson’s Ships Riggers B7
Vonin E19
Warrior Boats H4
Wartsila F19
Woodsons  D1
World Fishing & Aquaculture D16
Xtratuf B17
Yanmar Europe B.V F9
2023 Show Statistics & Feedback

Click on the image below for a copy of the post-show report from the 2023 Scottish Skipper Expo.


Promotional Material

Promotional Material for Exhibitors attending Scottish Skipper Expo 2024

We have put together promotional material that exhibitors can use across your social media accounts and website, to inform your customers and partners that you are attending Scottish Skipper Expo 2024.

*Tip – Click on the image and right click ‘save image as’ to download.

Scottish Skipper Expo Logo

Facebook Banner

Email Footer

Instagram Banner

Twitter Banner

Your Official Showguide


Click on the image below to download a pdf copy of the 2024 Showguide.




Exhibitor Free PR Service
Show PR:

Mara Media will provide a free PR service to Exhibitors at our 2024 shows – Irish Skipper Expo & Scottish Skipper Expo. This PR will appear on the ‘Latest News’ Section of the shows website and on our Social Media sites. It will also be considered for our monthly publication ‘The Skipper’ and our E-Newsletters.

Our PR team may contact exhibitors in the lead up to the show or you can reach them using the details below. Please take full advantage of this FREE service provided by Mara Media. 

Noreen Boyle; 
Email: admin@maramedia.ie
00353 – 74- 9562843

Exhibitor Warning

We would like to remind all our Visitors and Exhibitors that we take your privacy very seriously. Unfortunately, our exhibitors are often approached from various scam companies offering listings, advertising and/or accommodation in the lead up to our shows.

Mara Media strongly advise you, to be extremely vigilant against bogus organisations who do not represent our company. If in doubt always contact us before signing forms or engaging in conversation.

Mara Media does not permit third parties to undertake unsolicited mailing to our customers and we do not pass on your contact details. 

It was great to back at the Skipper expo in Aberdeen, particularly with our new stand layout and look! which made it much easier to talk through systems and provide advice on our products. This show has always been essential for ASAP to be able to showcase new products and understand the latest industry trends in the commercial fishing sector.

Ash Bradley

ASAP Supplies

An Excellent show in many ways with great hosts and attendants. A great feeling of community and appreciation between exhibitors. 1st day after the show saw an order for a new boat from a new customer who discovered us at the Scottish Skipper Expo.

Tommy Poleson

Poleson Marine

Our first time as Exhibitors at the show, the feedback we got was amazing, great to meet old customers and hopefully new ones, would recommend to anybody to attend, will be back next year.

John Clarkson

JCF Marine