Organiser Diversified Communications UK said the decision follows the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and comes after close monitoring of information from the government, as well as consultation with the aquaculture community.
Event director Cheri Arvonio said: “Although all the signs are positive for a restart of events from Easter, we feel running Aquaculture UK in May is too early. We want to give everyone the best possible chance for a great show, so it is important we have a clear run into the event.
Best show possible
“We want to make the right decision for our community and having consulted with our exhibitors, visitors and partners, we’ve decided the best action to serve everyone is to postpone the show to its regular home in the show calendar year.
“We’re disappointed not to be able to bring everyone together as soon as we’d hoped. But we’re committed to delivering an event in 2022 that provides the community with the most effective opportunities for networking, education, and interaction – and we’re confident that the move to next May means we’ll be able to return with the best show possible.”
Arvonio said Diversified would be launching a virtual sustainability seminar for the May 2021 dates “to provide a much-needed platform for the industry to connect”.
“We’re also excited to announce that Aquaculture UK will be launching a newsletter in the next few months,” said Arvonio.
“Aquabuzz, the bi-weekly newsletter will give the aquaculture community an excellent opportunity to share news, communicate about products and services, and stay connected at a vital time for our industry.”
Arvonio thanked the industry for the “incredible and continued goodwill and support” it had shown the company.
“We’re looking forward to working together over the coming months to ensure that Aquaculture UK continues to be the celebration and gathering the industry deserves and can be proud of.”
This is the third time Covid-19 has forced Aquaculture UK to be rescheduled. It was first moved from May 2020 to September 2020, and then to May this year. Now it has been moved again.