National Fisherman

Boats & Gear 

Michael CrowleyThe Boats & Gear blog is overseen by our Boats & Gear editor, Michael Crowley. It explores new construction projects, electronics, gear and equipment for the commercial fishing industry.

11.19.13 beergardenAll right! Listen up! For all you commercial fishermen and boat freaks in the Pacific Northwest who have been asleep for the past few months, I’m here to remind you it’s Pacific Marine Expo time at Seattle’s CenturyLink Field. The show starts Wednesday, Nov. 20 and runs for three days.

The show is loaded with new products and is the perfect place to see the latest fishing gear, electronics, clothing, engines — you name it. If it’s new, it will probably be there. And some of these companies don’t want to take home what they hauled to the show, so it can be a good place to make a deal. I’ve known of more than one fisherman who has outfitted a new boat pretty much from the stuff he’s been able to get at the show and didn’t pay top dollar.

On Thursday — if you like boats, and I have to assume you do — take a break from cruising the aisles and checkout Boatyard Day. That’s an area of the show floor where we will be talking about and showing slides of a number of the boats that have appeared in National Fishermen (as well as WorkBoat magazine) in the past year. There will be big boats, little boats, futuristic boats and fast boats — I’m talking close to 80 mph. That kind of fast.

At this point, I hope you haven’t spent all your money because every afternoon, there’s Happy Hour in the Beer Garden. Sit down, relax and have a cold one.  

See you there.

Inside the Industry

NMFS has awarded 16 grants totaling more than $2.5 million as part of its Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.

The program supports the development of technological solutions and changes in fishing practices designed to minimize bycatch and aims to to find creative approaches and strategies for reducing bycatch, seabird interactions, and post-release mortality in federally managed fisheries.


Abe Williams, who was elected to the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association board last spring, has been selected as the new president as of September.

Williams fishes the F/V Crimson Fury, and is president of Nuna Resources, a nonprofit that supports sustainable resource development in rural Alaska, including fighting for an international solution to issues raised by the proposed Pebble Mine project.

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