A SCOTTISH Government-backed delegation is travelling to Norway this week to showcase the strength of Scotland’s aquaculture.

Some of the country’s latest aquaculture and marine technology will be demonstrated to an audience of 25,000 people from 75 countries at Aqua Nor – the world’s largest aquaculture briefing showcase.

The event will take place in Trondheim, Norway from August 22 to 24 and includes a Scottish pavilion attended by 18 of Scotland’s aquaculture supply chain businesses.

It will provided an opportunity to showcase new innovations with the Team Scotland presence at the event arranged by a partnership involving Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the Sustainable Aquaculture Innovation Centre and the Scottish Government.

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Companies joining the shared Scottish pavilion will have access to facilities for technical demonstrations, talks and networking to help support new commercial opportunities.

The Scottish pavilion will be officially opened by Rural Affairs Secretary Mairi Gougeon, who said: “I look forward to opening the Scottish pavilion at Aqua Nor, made possible through collaboration by business, the public sector and our innovation centre, and supported by the Scottish Government.

“The pavilion showcases the innovation, technology and research of Scottish aquaculture to an international audience and will create economic opportunities for the sector, including Scottish small and medium sized businesses.

“Scotland’s aquaculture sector is a significant contributor to the economy, generating approximately £885 million GVA and an estimated 11,700 jobs while producing healthy and nutritious products.

“Our recently published Vision for Sustainable Aquaculture sets out our ambition to grow the sector, deliver innovation and makes clear the Scottish Government’s support for a sustainable aquaculture industry and supply chain.”

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The event in Norway will bring together the latest products, processes and services covering farmed finfish, shellfish and seaweed.

As part of the event, a panel talk between representatives from Scotland, Norway, Canada and the Faroe Islands will explore how different aquaculture-producing nations fund, drive, adopt and commercialise innovation to drive forward sustainable growth in aquaculture.