The organisers of Seafood Expo Global will decide tomorrow whether to go ahead with the event next month. Photo: FFE.

Coronavirus: Seafood Expo Global decision tomorrow

Diversified Communications, which runs the world’s biggest seafood trade fair, Seafood Expo Global in Brussels, will decide by the end of tomorrow whether the event is to go ahead as planned from April 21-23.

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The announcement on the US company’s website today follows its decision at the start of this month to postpone Seafood Expo North America, due to take place from March 15-17 in Boston, because of concerns about coronavirus, also known as Covid-19.

“With the announcement of Seafood Expo North America and Seafood Processing North America in Boston being postponed along with others in Europe, we are receiving questions about Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global and we understand your concerns,” stated Diversified today.

Possible postponement

“As the COVID-19 situation evolves, we understand it presents challenges, and we are looking at all possible options for the 2020 edition, including the possibility of a postponement.

“We realise timing is essential to your business; Diversified Communications is in the final stages of assessing our options and will be making a final decision by end of day Tuesday, 10 March EST (four hours behind UK time).

“In the meantime, we remain in close communication with our partners in Belgium, including the Brussels Expo and local authorities. The Belgian Federal Public Health has created a site with information about COVID-19:”

Diversified’s UK subsidiary currently intends going ahead with Aquaculture UK at Aviemore from May 19-21.