Pacific Marine Expo, Nov. 18-20 at CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle

Pacific Marine Expo, Nov. 18-20 at CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle

Maritime Industry Economic Forecast Breakfast, Town Hall on Pebble Mine, workshops on environmental issues and the Magnuson-Stevens Act, Fisherman of the Year Contest highlight Pacific Marine Expo, Nov. 18-20 at CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle.

 

What

The 52nd Annual Pacific Marine Expo, the West Coast’s largest commercial marine and fishing trade show, will be held at CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle from Sunday, Nov. 18, through Tuesday, Nov. 20.

Last year’s Expo attracted more than 6,000 visitors from 40 states and 24 countries and over 450 exhibitors. The Expo serves all aspects of the market, including commercial vessel owner and operators, commercial fishermen, boat builders and seafood processors. For more information, please visit www.PacificMarineExpo.com.

Due to the Seattle Seahawks NFL schedule, the Expo will be held three days later than usual this year. The Seahawks are set to play the Green Bay Packers on Thursday, November 15. The Thursday before Thanksgiving is the Expo’s usual opening date.

“What is not changing is our commitment to offering the best of the U.S. maritime industry in one location,” said Jessica Hathaway, Editor in Chief of National Fisherman. “Expo 2018 will have all the show specials, must-attend conferences, contests and a show floor packed with everything you need to run your business in 2019.”

“Even with the date change, attendance is tracking well ahead of last year and the exhibit hall is virtually sold out,” said Denielle Christensen, Event director for Diversified Communications, producers of the Expo. “With the continued growth and strength of the West Coast fishing and workboat industries, we expect another outstanding Expo.”

Press Credentials

For complimentary press credentials, please stop by the Show Office, Mezzanine Level, CenturyLink Field Event Center.

Key Events

Maritime Industry Economic Forecast Breakfast

8 – 10 a.m., Tuesday, November 20

West Club Lounge, CenturyLink Field Event Center

Registration and other details: www.kingcountymaritime.com

This year’s breakfast will attract nearly 350 top labor, business, local and federal government and community leaders. Speakers include:

  • Mikel Durham, Chief Executive Officer, American Seafoods
  • Grace Green, President, TOTE Maritime Alaska
  • Steve Metruck, Executive Director, Port of Seattle
  • John Miller, BNSF’s Group Vice President – Industrial Products
  • Peter Schrappen, Vice President & Director of Government Affairs, Northwest Marine Trade Association, and President, Washington Maritime Federation (confirmed)
  • Johan Sperling, Vice President, Marine Services, Crowley Shipping

 

Annual Conference Program

The free education program curated by National Fisherman  is designed to provide essential updates to the industry, while offering an environment for open discussions and networking with other members of the industry.  Key sessions include:

ALASKA SEAFOOD ANNUAL VALUE AND MARKETING UPDATE

Sunday, Nov. 18 10:30 – 11:30am

MAIN STAGE, ALASKA HALL

This session led by McDowell Group and Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute will highlight the current value of Alaska seafood in the global marketplace.

 

MAGNUSON-STEVENS ACT — HOW CURRENT POLICIES IMPACT FISHERMEN AND OUR NATION’S SEAFOOD SUPPLY

Sunday, Nov. 18 1– 2pm

MAIN STAGE, ALASKA HALL

The nation’s federal fisheries policy is up for reauthorization, and Congressional leaders have put forth a suite of legislation to update our federal fisheries policy. America’s seafood industry is a key stakeholder in the effort to update the law, policy decisions that will drive the next decade of fishing activity coast-to-coast. This panel will discuss current bills, regional carve-outs with national impact and how they stand to affect seafood-dependent businesses.

 

CHANGES TO THE MARINE MAMMAL PROTECTION ACT

Sunday, Nov. 18 1– 2pm

FISHERMAN’S LOUNGE, ALASKA HALL

Modifications need to be made to the Marine Mammal Act. This symposium will identify the major commercial fishing/subsistence users conflicts that exist with the over-abundance of marine mammals on the west coast of United States and Alaska. The major objective of this symposium will be to present how these changes can be made at the Congressional level and what the affected users groups can do to help to make these changes a reality.

 

OCEAN ACIDIFICATION – LAB RESEARCH TO FISHERIES, ECONOMIC, AND ECOSYSTEM FORECASTS

Sunday, Nov. 18 2:15 – 3:15 pm

MAIN STAGE, ALASKA HALL

Ocean acidification is expected to impact Arctic and subarctic regions faster and more intensively than other parts of the world, and researchers are working to investigate how and when this might affect commercial species. This panel will focus on the lucrative crab stocks in the Bering Sea. NOAA scientists have explored the physiological response of red king crab and Tanner crab to ocean acidification, the stock assessment and bioeconomic projections based on this research, and how global climate models can integrate ocean acidification and other factors to give us insights into future fisheries. The panel will also describe the efforts of the Ocean Acidification Network to engage with and disseminate information to fishing communities.

BRISTOL BAY MEANS BUSINESS: TOWN HALL ON PEBBLE MINE

Monday, Nov. 19 10:30 – 11:30am

MAIN STAGE, ALASKA HALL

Despite years of opposition and proven environmental threats, the proposed Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay, Alaska is moving through permitting at an unprecedented pace and the Army Corps of Engineers plans to release its Draft Environmental Impact Statement in January 2019 and make a final permit decision by early 2020. To help fishermen and others in the fishing industry prepare for what will be the biggest fish fight of our time, Commercial Fishermen for Bristol Bay and Businesses for Bristol Bay will host a Town Hall with business leaders to discuss how the proposed Pebble Mine affects their bottom line and what they are doing to help stop it. This will be a Town Hall with experts and business leaders about the proposed Pebble Mine.

SUSTAINABLE SEAFOOD VIA TECHNOLOGY

Monday, Nov. 19 1 – 2pm

FISHERMAN’S LOUNGE, ALASKA HALL

Sustainable fishing is achieved by empowering and supporting fishermen by implementing tools to make businesses more efficient and reducing negative ecological footprint. In the current day, technology is the key factor for the entire supply chain especially with the capability to have “eyes in the net”. Live camera systems benefit fishermen, processors, buyers, and researchers to all have valuable details about the fisheries and its harvest. This session will provide how traceability through the supply chain is essential for an economically and ecologically sustainable seafood industry, and data at the point of capture, made possible by technology, is the critical first building block.

ALASKA SYMPHONY OF SEAFOOD AWARDS

Monday, Nov. 19 3:15 – 3:30 p.m.

MAIN STAGE, ALASKA HALL

Since 1994, the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation has conducted the Alaska Symphony of Seafood celebrating creative new products made from Alaska seafood.

Young Fishermen Journey

Getting started in an industry that is much less like a job and a lot more like a lifestyle can be overwhelming, especially if you don’t have the guidance of seasoned mentor. In comes the new Young Fisherman track! Taking place in the National Fisherman booth, this program is designed for those just getting started and looking for some answers. Covering topics like financing, vessel options, and permits this track is perfect if you are just starting and need some answers. If you’re young fisherman this free program is for you!

Special Events

2018 Pacific Marine Expo special events include the recording of KIRO Radio’s Seattle Kitchen program (Noon – 1:30 p.m., Monday), Fisherman of the Year Contest (Noon, Tuesday), and a free daily Happy Hour in the Beer Garden.

The Alaska Hall

The Alaska Hall will be a one stop shop for everything that comes from Alaska. In this brand-new feature, you will not only find all the Alaskan Exhibitors you need to see, and the Main Stage and the ever-popular Happy Hour.

To Register

Qualified members of the industry can attend the Exhibit Hall and educational conference sessions for free by registering on or before Nov. 17. Non-exhibiting Manufacturer/ Supplier fee is $75. At Expo (November 18-20, 2018), the registration fee $30. To register, visit www.PacificMarineExpo.com.

PME Advisory Board 2018-2019

  • Tyson Fick, Director of Communications, Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers
  • Matt Alward, Owner, Alward Fisheries
  • Jeremy Woodrow, Communications Director, Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute
  • Tony Thomas, Regional Sales Manager, Cummins Marine
  • Bob Desautel, President & CEO, Global Seas
  • Jonathan Parrott, Senior Naval Architect, Jensen Naval Architect & Marine Engineers
  • Jay Denckla, West Coast Sales, Karl Senner, LLC
  • Greg Sangster, Outside Sales & Marketing, MER Equipment, Inc
  • Jahn Hoel, GM, Mustad Autoline, Inc.
  • Matt Nichols, CEO, Nichols Brothers Boat Builders
  • Brett Veerhusen, Principal, Ocean Strategies, Inc.
  • Doug Dixon, General Manager, Pacific Fishermen Shipyard and Electric
  • Ray Giometti, Director, Port of Seattle – Fishermen’s Terminal
  • Johann Sigurjonsson, President, Rapp Marine US
  • Mike Hillers, General Manager, Simrad Fisheries
  • Jan Ellefsen, CEO/President, Teknotherm
  • Jason Hill, Sales Manager, Waterjet Division, Thrustmaster of Texas
  • Frances Leach, Executive Director, United Fisherman of Alaska
  • Mark Vinsel, Administrator, United Fisherman of Alaska
  • Paul Switzer, Manager, Shipbuilding & Offshore, Viega
  • Martin Meissner, Marketing and Communications Manager, Industrial Products Division – North America, ZF North America

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

Ken Saunderson

Mobile:              (206) 714-6804

Office:                (206) 282-6858

Ken@SaundersonMarketingGroup.com

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