Welsh seafood is currently on display at the world's largest trade fair for the sector in Barcelona.

Featuring more than 2,000 companies from 89 countries, Seafood Expo Global 2022 attracts seafood suppliers, buyers and professionals looking for everything from seafood to processing equipment.

There are many opportunities to sample Welsh cuisine and hear about the work of the Welsh Seafood Cluster which encourages collaboration among companies and individuals within the industry.

Speaking to our sister title, Corgi Cymru, Nia Griffith, North Wales Seafood Cluster Manager, said she is there on behalf of the Welsh Government.

“While it has been - and continues to be - a challenging time, many seafood businesses in Wales have had to adapt during the pandemic.

“Equally it’s been a challenging time for the Welsh export sector, with reports that lorries transporting shellfish to the continent are facing delays at the ports and the changes in order to comply with the new paperwork and legislation due to Brexit.”

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However, according to Ms Griffith, those companies are now “accustomed to the new process and requirements” and that there are now “fewer examples of lorries experiencing delays crossing to European ports”.

It's been more than two years since events were face-to-face, in terms of networking and trying to attract new customers: “This is the largest event of its kind in the world and gives (international) buyers the opportunity to see and experience the quality of Welsh seafood on offer for themselves.”

One company representing Wales in Barcelona is Ocean Bay Seafoods from Holyhead. Richard Williams said on behalf of the company they mainly export their products to Europe and that the majority of the company's customers are in Spain, France, Denmark and Italy.

“It’s essential that we attend these shows in order to broaden our customer base and keep up to date with the latest developments in the seafood industry,” he said.

As well as being an opportunity for them to “attract new customers,” said  Richard Williams, being at the event is an opportunity to “showcase world class Welsh seafood”.