Updated Saturday 1st September 2012.
DUE TO THE HIGH DEMAND FOR SPACE AND REQUESTS FROM
THAT WANT TO ATTEND THIS UNIQUE EVENT WE HAVE
AGREED TO RE-SCHEDULE.
LATEST NEWS TO
THIS WILL GIVE EVERYONE THE TIME THEY NEED TO
PREPARE, ESPECIALLY THOSE THAT ARE COMING FROM THE FAR EAST ETC. WE WILL
ALSO BE PROVIDING EXTRA STANDS AS REQUIRED BUT THERE IS OBVIOUSLY A LIMIT AS
TO HOW MUCH SPACE WE CAN ALLOCATE SO PLEASE BOOK EARLY.
NOT JUST ANOTHER EVENT, NOT JUST ANOTHER TRADE SHOW
IT'S TIME TO BE HONEST
ABOUT HOW WE MANAGE OUR
OCEANS, LAKES & RIVERS
THE GENUINE SUSTAINABILITY AND WELFARE OF THE FISH WE EAT
IS THE RESPONSIBILITY
OF EVERYONE WITHIN THE INDUSTRY.
I guess we had better make it clear from the start . . .
Politicians, Fisheries Commissions, anonymous
bureaucrats in Brussels and international protectionist policies will never
sustain the fish we eat, neither will senseless quotas that involve throwing
thousands of dead fish back into the sea. Inter-governmental debate arguing
over a myriad of research data, most of which contradicts itself, is not the
way forward and will never provide more than an excuse for those involved to
enjoy the hospitality such conferences provide from 1st class hotels to
However well meaning, a combination
of legislation and tree-huggers is about
as useful to the fish as
free tickets to see Les Miserables.
So what's the answer ?
Profit, pure and simple. Not by running out of one
species and then switching to another with all the usual marketing hype,
" This species is better for your health ", or full of Omega 3, secret
extracts from Atlantis or whatever other consumer hook can be written on a
box, but by finding a way of producing fish for the table that makes long
term financial sense whilst treating the fish as humanely as it is possible
to treat any species we are going to kill and eat. Supermarkets and profits
drive the sustainability issues, not concern about our oceans or rivers.
Consumers may well try to eat the most sensibly sourced products but
ultimately they only have very slick marketing to go on, financially driven
misinformation and the need to feed their families, particularly in the
less well off households.
Our freshwater fish and the pleasure angling industry has
a lot to answer for as well, still, being run by both the Environment Agency
and CEFAS it is hardly surprising is it ?
Never before has there been a trade event where everyone
that gets their profit from fish can come along and display their products
and defend their technologies. If you are involved in the industry and can't
be bothered to take part we can only assume that any claims you may have
about sustainability, other than your bank balance, are purely a marketing
ploy with no substance whatsoever.
Of course the industry isn't perfect, of course we all
need to earn a profit from our products, so lets get everything out in the
open, display our technologies and motives and, more importantly, argue the
case for both.
Lets improve what we do and how we do it. Only then will
our various fish species stand any chance of recovery.
Aquasense is a non profit making event. As hosts we just
want to cover the costs as best we can. Entrance is free for the general
public and schools etc and the available trade stands will be priced
proportionately low with accounts published on our website after the event.
Full details are below. Read them and then book your
stand or seminar place very quickly because if you don't care about our fish
there are many that do and space is tight.
Westpoint Arena – Exeter
Open from 10am to 8pm Day 1
10am to 5pm
Seas the Chance
Not for profit and open to the public and trade
is not just another trade show.
The event will be providing a rare platform for those in the commercial
aquaculture and fish industry to take a serious look at their current
situation along with displaying their products. Honest views are to be
expressed, debates expected and thoughts towards the future developed.
It’s about time we started thinking about sustainability for the fish, not
For the public it offers the chance to see how this industry spreads far
further than providing cod to their local chippy and will educate on not
only the variety of environmental issues and businesses affected by the
industry but also the technology out there to help go about preserving what
we have so future generations stand a chance of enjoying it.
The exhibitor’s application process aims to achieve our objective of
providing a representational view of industry, not just allowing large
chains to purchase multiple stands. The full list of those who applied to
attend will be published after the closing date, so we are fully transparent
about whom we did choose to attend.
Seas the chance to dive deeper into the commercial aquaculture and fish
industry and explore the issues that effect us all. Can you really afford
not to attend?
More elements to further broaden the event will be announced soon.
The Big Fish
Diobas Ltd as organisers of the
Event is predicting a large turnout of both public and business
participants. For many years now
we have been inundated with questions via our websites whereby the public
are concerned about the depletion of fish stocks in our oceans,
yet still want to eat fish.
Now that the Oroborus Module and Tank Systems are being produced and sent
worldwide it is the perfect time
for all to view, comment on, and argue for and against this system. More
importantly, to view and discuss the way fish are brought to the table from
beginning to end. Should we be fishing at all? If so, how? Are trawlers
necessary? Does Oroborus do away with the need for trawlers? Will sea
fish produced in freshwater taste the same?
Diobas Ltd wants there to be open and full discussions on all of these
questions and thousands more. A full debate on the future of our
is long overdue. If anyone has an argument/idea to put forward, then do so
now, at this opportunity, or forever hold your peace and live with
everyone else making the decisions for you. Talk to people in the industry
from 'sea to stomach' and everything in between.
Event participants, please
talk to the public, find out what they like and don't like about you and be
prepared to prove your case.
Want To Dive Deeper?
Along with the debates naturally sparked from stand to stand there will also
be a program of more formal seminars taking place throughout the event.
Covering a wide range of subjects both the public and trade will be further
enlightened on matters of the industry.
A wide variety of related topics will provide the opportunity for
anyone, not just exhibitors, who have something to say to
come and say it. The seminars are not to be used as a blatant sales pitch by
traders though but rather to provide the chance to more thoroughly talk
about a topic of choice.
With the only rules being that the topics need to be related to the
commercial aquaculture and fish industry and be suitable for all ages these
will be a highlight of the event and controversy is expected. Particularly
those hosted by the Diobas team, who are offering a rare face-to-face
insight into the technology they offer and the subjects they feel
All who agree to host a seminar will feature on this website and on the
event timetables located around the arena to ensure maximum exposure.
Interested in taking the chance to host a seminar like no other?
Booking a place is easy. Just get in contact with us and we’ll send you a
form to fill in just covering a few basic details, an overview of the topic
you want to talk about and a rough guide on how much time you need. Hosting
is free but a security of attendance fee for £50 will be taken upon booking
and returned in
full after your slot.
The seminar space is fully fitted out with projector, PA, a handheld and
lapel microphone and most importantly a technician who will sort out any
problems. If you need anything else just have a chat to us about it and
we’ll see what we can do.
Although the organisers will try to accommodate everyone who wishes to host
a seminar spaces are limited so to avoid disappointment please book a place
early. There will be
no slots reserved
for on the day bookings.
The Goldfish Bowl
So why apply to go on
Because if you truly believe in your product and the issues affecting it the
event offers the chance to justify your position in the industry, update
your knowledge on the latest technologies and meet not only your competitors
but also the general public.
Those who would like to exhibit must request an exhibitors pack from us and
return the required shell scheme form and statement about why you want to
by the 1st of January 2012. No payment is to be
sent with this because after the closing date our panel will select a range
of different exhibitors to attend, not all will be accepted. We want this
event to be representational of who and what is out there, not simply a
gathering of the same companies with different names.
Be honest in your statement. We all know how making a profit is usually
vital so pretending it is only a passing thought is pointless. Tell us what
you will bring to the event and what you will get from it. Our team will be
researching into every application before a decision is made but your
personal thoughts matter.
The event is about finding a way to move forward and develop the aquaculture
and fish industry so it can be experienced for generations to come, can you
really not be a part of that?
Along with this factor there will obviously be a lot of media attention on
the event, of a national and international level, and it is not often that
such a wide and diverse range of those working in an industry and the
general public will be in once place.
All exhibitors will be listed on this website, which receives
hits per month, along with being clearly marked on floor plans located
around the event arena.
has a very different ethos than the norm and is expected to broaden your
clientele while providing the chance to educate and discuss ways to keep the
industry going and we welcome all to help make this a diverse, unique and
The event is not for profit, our pricing structure is wide to encourage even
the smaller companies to take up the chance to attend, and we offer a
selection of shell scheme sizes.
We are unable to offer space only areas on this occasion but will be happy
to negotiate with anyone who wants to take on more than one shell scheme to
increase their size, providing it fits within our floor plan. These will
only be excepted in very special cases though as we want as many different
exhibitors present as possible.
The stands come with carpeting, two spotlights, a power socket, a nameplate
on all open sides and walls suitable for Velcro attachments. There is also
the opportunity to add extra features to your strand if you desire, details
for which are included on the booking form and must be requested at time of
3m x 3m
2m x 2m
2m x 3m
2m x 4m
3m x 4m
5m x 3m
5m x 2m
There will also be 15 stands in the extremely prestigious and central
location around the Diobas Ltd exhibition stand. A particularly high
footfall is expected here along with a strong media presence.
Prices for these premium spots are as follows:
4m x 4m
3m x 4m
All prices are
inclusive of VAT
Once registering your interest with us we’ll send you an exhibitor’s pack
containing all the relevant information and the forms to be completed if you
are successful in your application. Please take note of the deadline dates
on the forms.
We will try our best to fulfill exhibitor’s desires on location placing once
payment has cleared although this may not always be possible.
To register your interest and receive an exhibitors pack or if you would
just like some more information contact Kelly Marriot on 01409 253123 or
07807 314793. Alternatively email her at
Please contact us if you have any queries at all relating to the event,
how to obtain booking forms etc
we’ll be happy to do what we can to help.
Kelly Marriot is overseeing the event and will be the main point of contact
for all enquiries.
Her contact details are as follows:
Media and Events
1 – 3 Tamar Business
River Tamar Way
Due to having a lot of work offsite email and mobile are often the quickest
and most effective way to contact her.
About the Westpoint Arena
Westpoint Arena can be found just outside of Exeter and is easily located
off Junction 30 of the M5.
Offering over 2000 free parking spaces on site and a main arena of 4590
square meters you won’t feel cramped even with such a large number of
exhibitors. We’ve even deliberately chosen to keep all walkways wide to
avoid the claustrophobic atmosphere at some events.
With a good sized bar, restaurant and number of toilets you shouldn’t have
to wait long for much and we aim for all attendees to have a hassle free
There are a large number of hotels and guesthouses located around the venue,
which will allow for all needs, tastes and budgets to be catered for.
For some more information on what is local please call 01392 665995 or visit
the Exeter and Essential Devon Tourism Partnership website,
Easy to find by car (see map below) Westpoint also has excellent transport
access via other means. For more details contact the companies below.
National Express: 08705 808080
Rail Enquiries: 08457 484950
Exeter Airport: 01392 367433
Taxis: 01392 434343/433433