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Written by Leslie Taylor
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.
Brian Rothschild recommends rewriting the Magnuson-Stevens Act in his keynote address for a packed house at the expo on Wednesday.
Tara and Jeremy Gerlitz with their children, Kadence and Kohen. Jeremy works on the Linda Sue out of Garibaldi, Ore.
Kevin Bailey signs a copy of his book “Billion-Dollar Fish” at the Author’s Corner and Bookstore.
Steve and Roberta Peterson of the F/V Alaskan Dream out of Ketchikan check out the LFS booth.
Frank Foti, president and CEO of Vigor Industrial, talks about the future of West Coast boatbuilding in the Boatyard Day keynote address.
Photographer and fisherman Corey Arnold signs books at the Author’s Corner.
Ed and Kecia Stanley of Everett, Wash., visit day two of the show. They own Ed’s Salmon Service.
Bob Pelkey of Ketchikan checks out the posters at the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute booth.
James McCoy, a distributor for Pearl Northwest in Kenmore, Wash., is officially retired, but says business is so-so for the people he knows.
Nautican’s coffee bar was a popular stop for show-goers.
At the Xtratuf booth, there was a contest awarding a pair of boots to five winners per day.
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.
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.
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...