North America’s largest seafood show was scheduled to take place 15 to 17 March in Boston, but has been postponed indefinitely due to growing concerns over the global pandemic.
Diversified Communications group vice president, Liz Plizga, told Seafood Source that: “The March edition of the event is not going to be taking place as scheduled. This was an incredibly difficult decision due to the importance of the event to the industry. We have been monitoring the rapidly evolving situation caused by the outbreak of COVID-19, and have done our best to listen to the concerns as well as the needs of our customers. We chose to make this decision now to give those planning to attend Seafood Expo North America enough time to respond to the postponement of the event.”
The event is the second major international seafood-related show to be affected by concerns surrounding the virus following on from the cancellation of Aquafeed Horizons, which was due to take place in Bangkok on 24 March.
Diversified still hope that the event could be rescheduled and take place either in Boston or another city in the US – a decision that is due to be made by. Exhibitors and visitors will have the option of rolling over their fees to that event, or alternatively, to the 2021 version of Seafood Expo North America in Boston.
Diversified have also stressed that plans to host Seafood Expo Global, which is due to take place on 21-23 April in Brussels, remain on track.