World’s largest seafood event officially cancelled

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Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global was initially just postponed. “The complexities of organizing a safe, global, seafood event drawing seafood professionals from more than 158 countries in the midst of a pandemic pose too many insurmountable hurdles.

The 2020 edition of Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global, which was originally scheduled to take place in Brussels, Belgium from 21 to 23 April – due to the global outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus, has been officially cancelled.

In a press release, organisers Diversified Communications wrote that it had hoped to reschedule to later this year but that it was too risky to do so.

“[We have] reluctantly determined that the continued and expanding magnitude of the public health and safety issues caused by COVID-19 worldwide now requires the cancellation of the 2020 edition of Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global,” Diversified Communications Group Vice President Liz Plizga said in a press release.

“When we announced the postponement of the 2020 event, we hoped to reschedule to later this year. Given the recent announcement that the limitation on large gatherings in Brussels has been extended through 31 August, 2020, and the ongoing impacts of COVID–19, including global travel restrictions, and the broad need to practice physical distancing, we have concluded it is impossible to hold the event,” Plizga said.

“The complexities of organizing a safe, global, seafood event drawing seafood professionals from more than 158 countries in the midst of a pandemic pose too many insurmountable hurdles. We are disappointed to concede that hosting a 2020 edition of the event is infeasible.”

Diversified Communications wrote that it is contacting companies that were planning on exhibiting at the expo to give them more information about the cancellation. Planning is advancing on Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global’s move to Barcelona, Spain, next year.