The Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada Claire Dansereau led the Canadian delegation at the VII international trade show Aqua Sur 2012, held in Puerto Montt, Chile October 9-13. The delegation was made up of 50 representatives from both the public and private sectors and from seven Canadian provinces. Canadian academics and other experts in the field also participated in the Aqua Sur conference where they showcased their expertise in technical and scientific areas such as fish epidemiology, genomics and biosecurity.
Aqua Sur is the largest and most important meeting place for the aquaculture industry in the Southern Hemisphere. Sister-fair to Aqua Nor, held in Trondheim, Norway, Aqua Sur is held on alternate years in Puerto Montt - the heart of the Chilean aquaculture industry. With exhibitors from over 40 countries representing some 1000 companies, this year’s trade show attracted 19,100 visitors over the course of four days.
The Embassy of Canada worked, in close collaboration through the IBDA partnership (International Business Development Agreement), with the Atlantic provincial governments, as well as with DFO (Fisheries and Oceans Canada) and EDC (Export Development Canada). This team spearheaded a Canadian-branded pavilion, hosted a highly successful networking event, developed a comprehensive programme of meetings and on-site visits and featured Canada’s capabilities to potential buyers and contacts through a promotional directory.
This internationally renowned aquaculture event provided a unique opportunity to showcase Canada’s expertise, to explore opportunities within the Chilean aquaculture market and to establish, renew and strengthen contacts within this industry sector.