If you haven’t been asked that question in the last couple of days, then you probably aren’t in the West Coast or Alaska fishing industry.

 

 

Fishermen's Terminal, Seattle. File photo.Today is your last day to register for free entry into the 49th annual Pacific Marine Expo. CenturyLink field opens Thursday morning in Seattle for the nation’s number one commercial fishing event, and it’s bigger than ever.

Here’s your challenge: You have three days to meet up, spec out gear, catch some show specials, attend meetings, jump into conference sessions, have a drink or four, see old friends, pay your association dues, grab some swag, and don’t forget to sign up for 16 issues of National Fisherman and our quarterly North Pacific Focus for just $10. While you’re here, come show us #yourfishface at our selfie station in the booth (#755 on the Occidental side). Tag us in your Instagram or Facebook post, and there just might be something in it for you.

After that, take a cruise of a show floor so packed with exhibitors that we’ve officially moved our main stage and beer garden to the East Hall, opposite the Occidental entrance. Look for Alaska seiner and artist Whitney Anderson’s massive salmon collage to lead you upstream toward our keynote stage, ZF Marine beer garden, Fisherman’s Lounge, job fair, Seattle Kitchen Radio broadcasts, FisherPoets performances and Fisherman of the Year Contest. And that’s all in one pocket of the show floor.

The concourse stage (on the mezzanine just down from the registration area) will be hosting three packed days of conference sessions from direct marketing 101 to safety and staying connected at sea.

Next to the National Fisherman booth on the Occidental side, you’ll find 20-minute Safety 101 demonstrations and tutorials right on the show floor.

Our goal at Expo is to educate, entertain and connect you and your crew with the rest of the industry. It’s no wonder we look forward to the show every year, because there’s really no way to do it all in three days. Seattle always leaves us wanting more. If you miss a year, you miss a lot!

 

Jessica Hathaway is the former editor in chief of National Fisherman.

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