National Fisherman


Mixed Catch 

jerryJerry Fraser is NF's publisher and former editor.

 

 

We're filling up the gas tank, checking the tire pressure and getting the toll money ready for a trek to Massachusetts this week to attend Commercial Marine Expo.

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editorial staffers are taking a road trip to New Bedford for the show, which this year is being held at the State Pier on Wednesday and Thursday, June 11 and 12. The show rotates annually between New Bedford and Hampton, Va.

The expo serves the commercial fishing and commercial marine sectors on the Atlantic seaboard. Fishermen attending the show can check out hundreds of exhibitors, new products and technologies, plus vessel and equipment demonstrations.

Promoted as the only in-water commercial marine trade show in North America, expo officials say that holding it at the State Pier allows exhibitors to demonstrate products and processes inside or outside. Ships and boats will be displayed and operated from the piers and docks.

Best of all for us, the show also offers us an opportunity to connect with you in one of the nation's oldest and most successful fishing ports. Come stop by booth no. 629, where you can grab a complimentary copy of your favorite magazine and check out our show special subscription prices. But most importantly, swing by the booth to say hi to us. We look forward to seeing you there!

Photo: New Bedford, Mass., is the setting for Commercial Marine Expo this year. Jerry Fraser photo

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