National Fisherman's Melissa Wood shares her stories as a writer and editor covering the U.S. fishing industry.
Wednesday, 24 October 2012
This morning, the editors of National Fisherman had a photo shoot, if you want to call it that. There was no make-up or hair people or special lighting. Instead of a photo studio we were at the fishing docks, where we made our way around stacks of green and yellow lobster traps, empty but still smelly fish holds, swarms of flies, and my favorite, a pile of freshly unloaded garbage bags to a beautiful background view of Portland Harbor.
We work for a commercial fishing magazine so being glamorous is not the point. This November the faces of Jes Hathaway, Linc Bedrosian and I will be plastered onto the National Fisherman booth at the Pacific Marine Expo in Seattle. We'll be there too.* With our photos up, hopefully you'll recognize us and say hello. Let us know what you think about the magazine, both good and bad — but please be kind about the photo.
We could also talk at breakfast. On the third day of this year's Expo, the editors of National Fisherman will be hosting a "working breakfast" to kick off the Profitable Harvest portion of the show. If you're not familiar with Profitable Harvest, it's just what the name says: three hours of presenters, panels, roundtables and networking all with the goal of helping you maximize your profits.
We've still got a lot to do as we get ready for the Pacific Marine Expo, which takes place this year on Nov. 27-29, the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday after Thanksgiving. Hope to see you there!
*Note: Senior Editor Linc Bedrosian will not be at the Expo, but Boats & Gear Editor Michael Crowley will be at the booth and at the Profitable Harvest working breakfast. Mike couldn't make it to the photo shoot, but we'll make sure to get his photo on the booth so you recognize him too.
Callifornia crabbing: Here's a fun video shot on the decks of the Majestik while catching Dungeness crab off the coast of northern California.
Over 500 lots of seafood processing equipment formerly owned by Adak Seafood will be sold at auction on Tuesday, June 18, starting at 10 a.m. Hawaiian-Aleutian Daylight Time at the Hilton Garden Inn in Anchorage Alaska.
The equipment is located in a recently updated 250,000 square foot state-of-the-art processing facility in Adak, Alaska. Farmington Hills, Mich.-based Hilco Industrial, which conducts 75 machinery and equipment auctions in a wide range of industries annually, will conduct the auction.
Adak Seafood opened originally as Ada Fisheries in Anchorage in 1986. The facility, updated in 2005, is located on the island of Adak, the southernmost city in Alaska near the western end of the Aleutian Islands. The facility processed cod primarily, as well as halibut, blackcod, crab and pollock, Hilco says.
Alaska fisherman and commercial fisheries activist Kevin Adams was elected chairman at the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute board of directors meeting on May 9 in Anchorage.
The governor-appointed board consists of seven members: five seafood processors and two industry representatives actively engaged in commercial fishing. Adams was appointed to fill a harvester seat by Gov. Frank Murkowski in 2004.
With 38 years of fishing experience in Bristol Bay, Adams has long been an active member in the Alaska fishing industry, ASMI says. He has worked for both the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation and the Bering Sea Fisherman's Association, and represents Alaska fishermen on numerous boards.