The future of fishing after Brexit will be under the spotlight in Aberdeen later this week.
More than 200 exhibiting companies from 19 different countries will take part in the latest edition of the Skipper Expo International industry showcase on Friday and Saturday.
Show organiser Mara Media, led by managing director Hugh Bonner, has held the event at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre every year since 2011.
The 2017 expo will be officially opened by Scottish Fishermen’s chief executive Bertie Armstrong, while Fisheries Secretary Fergus Ewing will also attend.
Highlights will include fishing vessel displays, a seafood tasting stand and a vast range of exhibition stands covering nearly every equipment and support service sector of the industry.
Pressure group Fishing for Leave (FFL) will host a Brexit presentation on Friday, with campaigners aiming to highlight its demands and concerns as the UK teeters towards Brexit.
Seminars sponsored by the Norwegian Pelagic Fishermen’s Association will include demonstrations from the RNLI on the use of personal flotation devices (PFDs) as part of industry efforts to prevent more deaths at sea.
SFF will have a team of experts on hand to answer questions and provide information on all aspects of fisheries, including Brexit, the welfare of fishermen and training standards.
Sharon Boyle, Mara’s commercial fishing sales manager, said: “It is fantastic to see so much interest in this expo, which is reflected by the large international presence this year.
“This show has really become well-established in the fishing industry calendar and the support from all sectors of the fishing industry is amazing.”
John Ashworth of FFL said “We look forward to meeting and discussing all things Brexit.
“The industry is on a constitutional knife edge as to whether the opportunity presented by Brexit for a clean slate is realised or squandered.”