THE largest commercial fishing exhibition in the Northern Hemisphere, the Icelandic Fisheries Exhibition, is launching the inaugural Icelandic Fisheries Conference.
The Icelandic Fisheries Exhibition, commonly known as IceFish, is a sell-out event, with over 500 companies exhibiting during the three-day expo held in Kópavogur, Iceland.
The last event attracted 13,500 visitors, who enjoyed exhibits from every aspect of the industry, from vessel design and construction, fish catching and locating, to processing and packaging.
Held on the first day of the event, 25 September, the Icelandic Fisheries Conference (IceFish Conference) is being pioneered by the Icelandic government, MATIS (part of the Ministry of Fisheries & Agriculture) and in collaboration with the University of Iceland.
The IceFish Conference will be delivering seminars focused on addressing the issues and techniques of how to utilise the entire fish and maximise returns and will provide an insight into organisations already involved in this process.
The topic is ‘Fish Waste for Profit – Maximising Return by Utilising the Entire Fish.’
An area of discussion will include such topics as methods for extracting the parts of the fish that would normally be disposed of, and which areas of fish utilisation are likely to be profitable in the future.
As there are limited resources of certain species of fish, companies are looking to achieve minimal wastage, with the objective to not only benefit the environment but also provide an increase in sales revenue.
The IceFish conference is a must for anyone looking to maximise return on investment (ROI) from their seafood products, and discover new innovations and industry insights, as well as means of developing relations with key industry stakeholders at a Round Table Matchmaking event.
An example of this is biodiesel produced from fish oil fuel made from the internal organs, heads and skin – in the past this would have been classed as waste, however as the world becomes more familiar with the derivatives of fish, demand will naturally increase.
The Icelandic Fisheries Conference programme will be announced shortly. There are a few remaining spaces, visit www.icefishconference.com for more information.