Well, it’s now official. The 2020 exhibitions and conference programme has been confirmed as a complete write-off. As expected Aquaculture UK in Aviemore and the EAS conference in Cork became the final two major events to reluctantly pull the plug on their scheduled (or in the case of Aqua UK rescheduled) dates. With unrestricted foreign travel likely to be one of the last things to return to normal, I suppose there was an air of inevitability about the whole thing.
What it has done, though, is to herald a spate of ‘virtual’ exhibitions and events, with Nor-Fishing the latest to deploy a digital version of their 2020 offering, as reported elsewhere in this issue. Despite the lockdown it has been a pretty busy month, with our annual focus on ‘feed’ being somewhat dwarfed by the plethora of new boat stories that have landed on my desk over the past 30 days.
Our regular diverse mix of contributors should once again make for an interesting issue and, as you know, they are never want to keep their opinions to themselves! Here in Scotland the lockdown restrictions are slowly getting lifted and I hope to be back out on the road meeting aquaculture ‘types’ again before too long. Until then, enjoy the read!
Take care, Dave Edler Dave Edler