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Put your skills to the test at Pacific Marine Expo on November 22! Cash prizes will be awarded to winners of a series of fishing skill tests. Finalists advance to the competitive survival suit round to vie for the title of Fisherman of the Year and the grand prize of a personalized jacket.

Below are some videos from last year's contest.

The fastest one to put on a survival suit wins the coveted title at the 2012 Pacific Marine Expo in Seattle. Competing are, from left (farthest from camera), Joao Do Mar, Eike Ten Kley and Reid Ten Kley.


It's fishing wife against husband as Eike and Reid Ten Kley compete against each other in a blindfold rope-tying heat at the 2012 Fisherman of the Year contest. 

Do you think your knot tying, net mending and splicing skills could win you the Fisherman of the Year title? Register now for the Pacific Marine Expo.

Inside the Industry

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.


The Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is teaming up with leading shark-tracking nonprofit Ocearch to build the most extensive shark-tagging program in the Gulf of Mexico region.

In October, Ocearch is bringing its unique research vessel, the M/V Ocearch, to the gulf for a multi-species study to generate previously unattainable data on critical shark species, including hammerhead, tiger and mako sharks.

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