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Last week the National Fisherman team was in Seattle for Pacific Marine Expo.  We had a great time checking out the latest gear, attending conferences and catching up with our readers. Here's a slideshow of photos from this year's expo. 

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 Brian Rothschild recommends rewriting the Magnuson-Stevens Act in his keynote address for a packed house at the expo on Wednesday.




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 Tara and Jeremy Gerlitz with their children, Kadence and Kohen. Jeremy works on the Linda Sue out of Garibaldi, Ore.



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Kevin Bailey signs a copy of his book “Billion-Dollar Fish” at the Author’s Corner and Bookstore.



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Steve and Roberta Peterson of the F/V Alaskan Dream out of Ketchikan check out the LFS booth.



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 Frank Foti, president and CEO of Vigor Industrial, talks about the future of West Coast boatbuilding in the Boatyard Day keynote address. 



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Photographer and fisherman Corey Arnold signs books at the Author’s Corner.



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Ed and Kecia Stanley of Everett, Wash., visit  day two of the show. They own Ed’s Salmon Service.



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Bob Pelkey of Ketchikan checks out the posters at the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute booth.



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James McCoy, a distributor for Pearl Northwest in Kenmore, Wash., is officially retired, but says business is so-so for the people he knows.



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Nautican’s coffee bar was a popular stop for show-goers.



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At the Xtratuf booth, there was a contest awarding a pair of boots to five winners per day. 



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Bob Duncan (right) and Bob Groff, both of Latitude 98, stand next to a newly designed survival suit at the Stearns booth. Duncan is the inventor of the suit.



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In the finals of the Fisherman of the Year contest, Reid Ten Kley, left, wins the survival suit competition against Chris Guggenbickler, right, from Wrangell, Alaska.

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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