In a statement released on Wednesday, the board of North Atlantic Seafood Forum announced their decision to postpone the 17th NASF to June 2022.
The North Atlantic Seafood Forum (NASF), which had been scheduled to take place in Bergen in March, is the world’s largest executive Seafood Business conference, attracting annually around 850 delegates from 35 countries and 300 companies participate.
The conference addresses the seafood industry in a broad strategic and commercial perspective and focuses on species as salmon, whitefish and pelagic, but also on technology, innovation, sustainability, policy, and framework conditions, in addition to finance and investment opportunities in the industry.
The decision to delay the conference was made in light of the ongoing global pandemic, “after a careful consideration, the board gives the well-being and safety of our sponsors, partners and delegates the highest priority. The global seafood industry also sees an increase of challenges related to the new Covid variant Omicron.”
The statement continued, “we recognise that the global seafood industry is facing challenges related to a lack of manpower, supply-chain friction, market inflation and the increased uncertainty caused by the omicron virus.”
“All our sponsors, partners, and up-coming delegates that we have spoken to, all have the same objective; they want to meet for NASF in Bergen personally. By postponing the North Atlantic Seafood Forum, we hope to provide all the companies involved as much certainty as possible to ease planning and preparations related to the conference in Bergen.”
The organizer hopes that by rescheduling the event, both sponsors, partners and delegates will be able to enjoy the experience and benefits of being present at NASF in Bergen – in a safe environment.