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Fishermen from harbours around the Westcountry are expected to flock to the region's first ever showcase for their industry.
The Skipper Expo International commercial fisheries show will be held later this month, with the aim of providing everything for fishermen from the latest safety technology to new vessels.
Previous exhibitions have been held in Scotland, but this is the first time that such an event has been held in the South West.
Sharon Boyle, from organiser's Mara Media, said there had been a strong ground swell of support for the show from local fishing industries and she was confident that it would be well supported by a strong visitor turnout.
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Mara Media already organise the highly successful Galway and Aberdeen commercial fisheries shows and are publishers of popular commercial fishing magazine – The Skipper.
"We recognised there was a strong demand for a similar type of fishing expo to meet the aspirations of English and Welsh fishing communities and this is why we are launching Skipper Expo Int Bristol," she said.
"This will be a show that will prove a great place to do business as well as offering plenty of opportunities to meet with friends and socialise. It will showcase the vast range of equipment and services available within commercial fisheries today."
There are 75 exhibitors setting up shop at the expo, to be held in Bristol on October 25 and 26, from sectors such as marine electronics, engine suppliers, safety equipment, creels, chandlery and deck machinery.
Jim Portus, chief executive of the South West Fish Producers Organisation, said: "There certainly appears to be an excellent level of industry support for the Bristol fishing expo in Brixham and the South West in general, which looks set to result in a strong attendance at the show from both fishermen and other associated seafood sectors."
Mevagissey fisherman David Warwick, skipper of the Valhalla, said he was looking forward to the event.
"It is brilliant that a fishing show is being held for fishing communities right on our doorstep and easy to visit."
The expo will be held at the Marriott City Centre Hotel in Bristol starting at 10am. Entry is free, and visitors can register on the day or pre-register online at www.maramedia.ie/registration.