THE organisers of the recent Aqua Nor exhibition in Trondheim, Norway, said the 2015 event broke all records.
‘We have never before had so many exhibitors. We have never before had so many visitors from so many different countries. And never before has Aqua Nor attracted so much attention, both nationally and internationally. In short: Aqua Nor 2015 was a great success,’ said the Nor Fishing Foundation.
‘As organisers of the exhibition, we have spent a lot of time and effort promoting the exhibition internationally.
‘The previous record for the number of nations represented by visitors stood at 65 (Aqua Nor 2013), and we felt this would be impossible to beat.
‘But this year a total of 76 nations were represented, and the old record was beaten to smithereens.
‘In 2013 we were proud to report that as many as 18,500 people visited the exhibition. We set the target for 2015 at 20,000 visitors. This year’s record number of 20,848 of visitors is well above our target.’
There were 550 exhibitors, compared to 480 in 2013, and temporary halls were erected to cope with demand.
The quality of the stands also reached new levels, claim the organisers, with more exhibitors bringing their technology and equipment to their stands.
‘This makes the exhibition more alive and more interesting. And it makes the visitors feel they experience the latest technology in the industry,’ said Nor Fishing.
The best stand award was won by Steinsvik Aqua, which had two stands, one inside in Hall D, and one in the outside area.
The other finalists were Norse Aqua and AKVA Group, the latter having one stand in the main exhibition area and another in Skansen docks, where its new feed barge was moored throughout the week.
The last day of the exhibition was dedicated to the industry’s future: the students of aquaculture. A special conference and a speed dating event brought exhibitors and student together, with more than 200 students participating.
The Student Day became an arena for recruitment and bridging the gap between today’s industry and the future generation of industry leaders.
Picture: Erik Hempel of the Nor Fishing Foundation