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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

The American Fisheries Society is honoring recently retired Florida Institute of Oceanography director Bill Hogarth with the Carl R. Sullivan Fishery Conservation Award — one of the nation's premier awards in fisheries science - in recognition of his long career and leadership in preserving some of the world's most threatened species, advocating for environmental protections and leading Florida's scientific response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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The Marine Stewardship Council has appointed Eric Critchlow as the new U.S. Program Director. Critchlow will be based in the MSC US headquarters in Seattle. He is a former vice president of Lusamerica Foods and has over 35 years in the seafood industry.

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