As final preparations are being completed ahead of our biggest show to date – Aqua Nor 2019 holds all the promise of becoming a game-changer for Gael Force. The show, which is the largest aquaculture technology exhibition in the world, takes place 20-23 August in Trondheim, Norway.
Flying the flag for Scotland, we have come a long way since our last appearance in 2017.
“Two years ago, we had a very small footprint at Aqua Nor – 12 square metres. It was our first time in over a decade that we had exhibited at Aqua Nor and with the benefit of hindsight we realised that the stand space we took then was not befitting of the established product and service range we offer,” explains Marketing Manager, Marc Wilson.
"This time around we feel we have got it right. We will be highly visible in Hall D which has been traditionally known as the main hall in the Trondheim Spektrum in previous years alongside other very well-known suppliers, and we will have a footprint of 84 square metres with upper deck space for meeting and hospitality. It’s a game-changer for us.”
At Aqua Nor 2017 we launched our SeaFeed Offshore Feed System and since then the feeding system has gone from strength-to-strength and is visible across fish farms in Scotland. This year it is the turn of SeaQurePen 500 – a highly innovative and evolutionary plastic fish pen which is packed with a range of exciting features. Over the past two weeks, we have been releasing suspenseful teaser videos on our social media channels and via email, offering just little snippets of what we are about to launch.
Fundamentally, SeaQurePen reduces pen furniture and related maintenance and increases reliability which will lower farming costs for producers. Features include, but are not limited to:
SeaQurePen has arrived in Trondheim and will be on our stand after the team at our Oban base spent many hours ensuring that a section of the pen was prepared immaculately before being dispatched late in July then making the journey to Norway.
“The team at Gael Force Fusion worked immensely hard to ensure that SeaQurePen was put together professionally and readied for Aqua Nor. I may be biased but from what I have honestly seen and heard from some early feedback it is the best fish pen design out on the market. The team has done their very best to make sure that visitors to our stand can get a real sense of that and can see all the features we are so proud to be shouting about”.
Our customers have played an important part in guiding the direction of the design for SeaQurePen. The company collaborated and consulted customers over many months, even years, and considered multiple locations and farming conditions which essentially guided us on producing a fully integrated system for high energy environments.
On opening day, Tuesday 20th August at 15:00, Gael Force is delighted to be welcoming the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy, Fergus Ewing MSP to our stand for a reception to celebrate the official world launch of SeaQurePen. Visitors to Aqua Nor are encouraged to come along and attend the reception to enjoy some Scottish hospitality while having the opportunity to hear from Mr. Ewing.
In addition to the launch of SeaQurePen, visitors will be welcome to view our range of technology and software products, in particular, their SeaFeed Pellet Detection software which has been developed even further throughout 2019. Farmers will be interested to know that the software has full system integration capability with SeaFeed Feed System to provide automatic control of feeding.
“The user can set configurable parameters and then the level of pellets detected during feeding will help determine future feed plans. There is also the added benefit of having additional reporting which is derived from system data to assist in future feed plans. Automated feeding is something that we have been very keen to develop, and our Pellet Detection software does just that.”
Our steel and concrete feed barge range will also be demonstrated at Aqua Nor via the medium of an interactive touchscreen, enabling the user to take an insight into the internal parts of the barge.
“Having a feed barge on our stand is something that was not possible but we wanted to give people the ability to interactively explore the range so we have had a touchscreen presentation developed for us that visitors themselves will be able to get to grips with. It’s a very exciting piece of software and we’re looking forward to sharing it”.
Continuing the theme of launches, we will also be unveiling a 92-page full-colour catalogue showcasing our end-to-end range of equipment, technology, and services.
“The catalogue is something we have been keen to develop for years now. The fact we can offer turnkey installations for fish farm sites with our full and established range, it made perfect sense that we brought it all together into one full catalogue.”
The new catalogue will be available to pick up from stand D-335.