City to host 2016 conference

Aberdeen has beaten stiff competition to host the next International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade (IIFET) conference in 2016.

Every two years, leading fisheries economists and other social scientists, managers and industry representatives gather in their hundreds at this conference, which was most recently hosted in Brisbane, Australia this month.

The conference will be organised by Seafish over four days from July 11 to 14, 2016, and aims to build on previous attendance figures of around 300-350.

Seafish led the bid to host the conference after consulting with industry representatives based in the north east of Scotland. The local conference organising committee will be co-chaired by Professor Jimmy Young of the University of Stirling and Hazel Curtis, chief economist at Seafish.

Hazel Curtis said of the announcement:“We are thrilled and delighted to have been successful in our bid to host the next IIFET conference.

“This announcement is the culmination of a lot of collaborative work to date, which will continue now that we are on the path to delivering this important event.

“On behalf of Seafish, I would like to thank our industry for getting behind the bid, attending steering group meetings and hosting visiting delegates. We look forward to 2016!”