Scottish Skipper Expo will Highlight Fraserburghs fishing industry

The Scottish Skipper Expo 2011 will be held in Aberdeen later this week where Aberdeenshire’s connections with the fishing industry will be highlighted to an international audience.

The inaugural event will be held at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre on Friday, June 24 and Saturday, June 25 and is expected to attract a large number of visitors over the two days.

Aberdeenshire ports account for 33% of all fish landings in the United Kingdom. Peterhead is the country’s leading port for whitefish and pelagic fish landings while Fraserburgh is the primary Atlantic Prawn port.

The council will have a stand at Scottish Skipper to promote its work in support of the north-east Scotland fisheries sector and fishing dependent communities.

The authority works with partners such as Seafood Scotland and with catching and processing organisations to provide financial and business development support, including the provision of advice on programmes such the European Fisheries Fund.

Aberdeenshire Council’s harbours will also be at the stand to feature its ports and showcase the commercial and leisure facilities they have to offer.

Chairman of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee, Cllr Peter Argyle, said: “We are delighted the first Scottish Skipper Expo is being held in the north-east of Scotland and would like to welcome all of the exhibitors and visitors to the area.

“This event gives us the opportunity to showcase all of the work which goes into supporting the north-east’s fishing industry as well as showcase our area to a wide audience.”

Vice-chair of the committee, Cllr Jill Webster, added: “The fishing industry is one of the main economic drivers for the local economy and to have the Scottish Skipper Expo here is a very exciting prospect.

“The council does a lot of work to support the industry and we welcome the opportunity to highlight this as well as work with the organisers and other exhibitors to make this a very successful event.”

For more information about Scottish Skipper 2011, please visit: www.scottishskipperexpo.net