Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) has announced that the International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade (IIFET) and its 2016 conference organiser the UK’s Sea Fish Industry Authority (Seafish) have chosen AECC as the Venue for the IIFET Conference in July 2016.

The IIFET Conference is expected to attract around 350 international delegates to the City, when it takes place in July 2016. The event focuses on topical economic and industry issues including the economics of fishery management, seafood markets and trade, development and aquaculture; providing delegates with a high level of intensive interaction delivered by globally renowned experts.

The Conference, held this year in Brisbane, Australia, was secured through Team Aberdeen partnership working; an approach which brings together businesses and organisations on both a local and national level to bring events to the Region.

Stakeholders involved in bringing the IIFET Conference to AECC and Aberdeen include: Aberdeenshire Council, Seafish, University of Stirling, University of Aberdeen, VisitAberdeen and VisitScotland. The Conference was awarded subvention funding through Aberdeenshire Council and match-funded by VisitScotland.

Longstanding IIFET member, Professor James Young of the University of Stirling, co-Chair of the Local Organising Committee, commented: “The decision to host the biennial IIFET conference in Aberdeen presents a unique opportunity to draw together a wide range of international seafood expertise and the industry in Grampian, Scotland and the rest of the UK. Existing members and new participants alike will be able to exchange ideas and learn from the experience of others elsewhere around the globe, as befits today’s seafood industry.”

Hazel Curtis of Seafish, co-Chair of the IIFET 2016 Local Organizing Committee, indicated: “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; I am in no doubt that this commitment and drive to succeed was a key factor in the judge’s decision. We look forward to 2016!”

IIFET’s Executive Director, Ann Shriver, said, “The conference, which will draw fisheries economists from around the world, will benefit from the involvement of a strong team representing diverse perspectives: Seafish representing industry, Stirling and Aberdeen Universities bringing the academic point of view, and IIFET’s President Dan Holland, government approaches to natural resource management. With the strong support of the Aberdeen City and Shire representatives and the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, we are confident of excellent outcomes.”

Brian Horsburgh, AECC’s Managing Director, commented: “It is wonderful that IIFET has chosen to bring their 2016 Conference to Aberdeen. Partnership working with Team Aberdeen, as well as subvention funding from local bodies such as Aberdeenshire Council and tourism body VisitScotland is crucial for association organisers when looking at host cities for their events and we are particularly lucky to have such a strong partnership approach with Team Aberdeen here in the North East of Scotland.”

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