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Written by Leslie Taylor
Are you attending Pacific Marine Expo in Seattle? We hope to see you there! Besides all the equipment and gear showcased on the expo floor, the event offers a wide range of lectures, panel discussions and book signings. Here's what's happening on Thursday and Friday. For Wednesday's schedule, click here.
11 a.m. - noon Falling Off, Falling In: Prevention and Surviving
During fishing operations, crew members can be exposed to many factors that may result in them falling off of the vessel. These include things such as sea conditions and fishing gear. There are a variety of ways to prevent the falls, as well as key steps that crew members and operators should practice to survive a fall into frigid water. Come to the session to refresh your knowledge about concepts for preventing falls and review ways to rescue crew members from a fall. Participate in demonstrations of man overboard alarms, personal flotation devices and man overboard recovery drills. These concepts will be illustrated with hands-on activities. Presented by: Jennifer Lincoln, NIOSH Alaska Pacific Office; Ted Teske, NIOSH Alaska Pacific Office; Jerry Dzugan, Alaska Marine Safety Education Association; Ken Lawrenson, United States Coast Guard; Dan Hardin, USCG District 13; Mallory Davis, NIOSH Alaska Pacific Office and; man overboard alarm manufacturers
11 a.m. - noon Understanding Diesel Fuel Performance Standards
Modern diesel engine performance is directly related to the fuel, and varies from fuel to fuel. This presentation helps the diesel user/fuel purchaser understand critical diesel fuel performance standards that help increase engine efficiency, reduce fuel consumption and reduce emissions. With domestic crude production at record levels and growing, the U.S. end user now has the ability to track from "well to wheel" the crude source and refinery technique used to produce ULSD that all produce different diesel fuels. Presented by: James Russo, founder, Leading Edge Sciences, LLC
11 a.m. - noon Just for the Halibut
Examining changes to the Catch Sharing Plan allocations as well as the new NMFS observer program for Alaska’s commercial halibut fleet. Presented by: Kathy Hansen, Southeast Alaska Fishermen’s Alliance; Linda Behnken, Alaska Longline Fishermen's Association; James W. Balsiger, Ph.D., administrator, Alaska Region, National Marine Fisheries Service
11 a.m. Corey Arnold, "Fish-Work" at the Author's Corner & Bookstore
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. More than a Feeling: Vessel Stability, Part 2
During fishing operations, vessels are exposed to many factors that affect stability. These include things such as sea conditions, weather and changing loads. Since the state of the stability of a vessel is continually changing, understanding the combined effect of these factors is vital to a safe and profitable operation. Come to the session to refresh your knowledge about basic stability concepts such as the center of gravity, center of buoyancy, metacenter, and righting arm. Then participate in demonstrations illustrating these concepts with hands-on activities to reinforce these concepts. Afterwards, review a set of stability instructions and how to use them. Presented By: Dan Hardin, USCG District 13; Jennifer Lincoln, NIOSH Alaska Pacific Office; Jerry Dzugan, Alaska Marine Safety Education Association; Ken Lawrenson, United States Coast Guard
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association Update
This RSDA sponsored event will include a presentation and question and answer session led by Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologist Paul Salomone. Salomone and other presenters will discuss fisheries management issues, over escapement goals (OEG), permit buyback plans and other topics important to Bristol Bay fishermen. Presented by: Elijah Lawson; Paul Salomone, Alaska Dept of Fish and Game; Chris Boatright, University of Washington Fisheries Research Institute and; Beth Poole, Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association
1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Sponsored Session: Rotating Equipment
1 p.m. Mark Maricich, "The Greenhorn's Guide to Alaska Fishing Jobs" at the Author's Corner & Bookstore
3 p.m. Louis B. Boone, Jr., "Wrangell Narrows at a Glance" at the Author's Corner & Bookstore
2:45 p.m. - 3 p.m. Workboat and Fishing Boat Year in Reviews
Bruce Buls, technical editor for WorkBoat magazine and Jes Hathaway and Michael Crowley, editors of National Fisherman, will kick off our annual Boatyard Day with a 2013 Year in Review for both workboats and fishing boats. Then learn the 2013 National Fisherman Boats & Gear Award winners!
3 p.m. - 4 p.m. Keynote Address: Resurgence of the Pacific Northwest Maritime Industry
Frank Foti, CEO and President, Vigor Industrial LLC
Over the past 18 years, Frank Foti has led the company's transformation from a single, struggling shipyard to a thriving, increasingly diversified industrial company with 2,000 employees, seven locations and more than $500 million in annual revenue.
8 a.m. - 9 a.m. Breakfast with the Editors -Paid
10:30 a.m. James Cole, "Drawing on our History: The Fishing Vessels of the Pacific Northwest & Alaska" at the Author's Corner & Bookstore
9 a.m. - noon Profitable Harvest -Paid
12:30 p.m. David Esson Young, "The Uchuck Years" at the Author's Corner & Bookstore
1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Fisherman of the Year
The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:
The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.Read more...
Louisiana’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, which governs commercial and recreational fishing in the state, got a new boss in January. Charlie Melancon, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and state legislator, was appointed to the job by the state’s new governor, John Bel Edwards.
Although much of his non-political work in the past has centered on the state’s sugar cane industry, Melancon said he is confident that other experience, including working closely with fishermen when in Congress, has prepared him well for this new challenge.Read more...