When you’re on the floor of Pacific Marine expo, be sure to take a break from scoping out new gear and connecting with industry leaders to relax and visit the Fisherman’s Lounge.

New to the expo this year, the lounge will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day in the East Hall and is the go-to spot to celebrate the cultural aspects of the fishing community.

Screenshot from a POV video of commercial seine fishing in Prince Williams Sound. Commercial Fishing Film Festival photo.Come see a film from the Commercial Fishing Film Festival to get a look into other fisheries and see how other vessels operate. There will be a handful of maritime art and photography exhibits on display, including Jana Schuy’s collection archive of photos from her time in Stika in the 1980s (featured in the December issue of National Fisherman on page 10). To see what the sea was like even further back, the Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society will be on hand with items from fisheries past.

If you’ve been around the docks long enough and have a story to tell, drop by the Fish Tales booth to share your favorite fishing story. We will record it and then share the collection of stories online after the show. Your story can be about anything — your best catch, craziest storm, first day as a commercial fisherman, etc.

The Fisherman’s Lounge will be the perfect place to have a little fun away from the booths.

Samuel Hill is the former associate editor for National Fisherman. He is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine where he got his start in journalism at the campus’ newspaper, the Free Press. He has also written for the Bangor Daily News, the Outline, Motherboard and other publications about technology and culture.

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