Kochi, Feb 9 : Hundreds of foreign delegates are participating in the three-day long India International Seafood Show (IISS) here.
The biennial show provides a common platform for processors, exporters and importers of seafood, aquaculturists, seafood processing machinery manufacturers and representatives of seafood and allied industries.
The show has been organised by the Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) in association with the Seafood Exporters Association of India (SEAI).
"The very objective of organising the event is to bring Indian seafood processors and overseas buyers under one roof. This will enable them to explore opportunities for mutual benefits," said MPEDA Chairman G Mohan Kumar.
According to MPEDA Director Marketing Kuruvilla Thomas, this year nearly 600 delegates from more than 15 countries are participating in the fair.
"The number of foreign delegates and exhibitors participating in the fair is much higher than earlier years," Thomas said.
As part of the fair, an exhibition of a wide variety of seafood products and machineries has been put on display. The service organizations and a number of institutes from the fisheries are also participating in the exhibition. The fair will conclude on Sunday.
The first show was held in 1973 at Mumbai, and shows have also been held in Chennai, Bangalore, Delhi, Visakhapatnam, Goa and Kolkata.