GLOBAL fishing industry professionals are being urged to purchase the few remaining tickets for the World Seafood Congress with only seven weeks left until the event.
This prestigious gathering is taking place in Grimsby for the first time, from September 5-9, with the theme of the congress titled Upskilling for a Sustainable Future.
The programme includes talks and workshops centred on trade, training and sustainability.
Led by experts and academics from 12 countries across the world, this year marks the first time that the congress has come to the UK, following residencies in Canada, Australia and Morocco.
The World Seafood Congress (WSC) has confirmed ‘the world’s greatest living explorer’, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, at its guest speaker at the gala dinner.
In all, there will be more than 96 speakers from across the globe, including representatives from Defra, Seafish, the University of Santa Barbara, CEFAS, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the UN Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), Marks & Spencer, WorldFish and Meridian Prime.
Alongside the main congress, other bodies are running training events to provide international delegates with access to additional insight and development during their stay in the UK.
The IAFI, which represents the world fish inspection community, will be putting on a series of workshops immediately before the main event, focusing on Asia, Australasia, Africa, and South America, covering issues such as trade import and export.
Paul Williams, chief executive at Seafish, the industry authority hosting this year’s congress, said: ‘With Sir Ranulph’s attendance confirmed and all headline speakers announced, now is the time to purchase tickets.
‘The quality of speakers and breadth of subjects covered in this year’s programme makes it one of the best WSC line-ups ever.
‘Delegates will be able to develop their knowledge on themes that are crucial to the future of the industry, as well as voice their own opinions during our question and answer sessions.’