Welcome to Pacific Marine Expo — the annual maritime tradition that brings together thousands of industry stakeholders from Alaska and the West Coast. We are thrilled to be here with you in Seattle again this year.

We know how important it is to plan and prepare to move your business forward, so we’ve designed the Expo to support you every step of the way. Our exhibit hall hosts 530 companies displaying thousands of products and services across all commercial marine categories, as well as more than 8,000 professionals walking the floor.

Expo 2018 brings back everything you’ve come to count on year after year. Everyone’s favorite Happy Hour, sponsored by ZF Marine, returns as a great way to wind down the day with old friends and new acquaintances. Don’t miss the annual Fisherman of the Year Contest on Tuesday, hosted by the crew of National Fisherman. Come see who gets crowned this year! Other favorites, including the Fisherman’s Lounge, Seattle Kitchen Radio and the annual King County Maritime Economic Forecast breakfast, all make their return this year.

The Alaska Hall was a huge hit last year, so we are excited to bring it back for 2018. This unique destination on the show floor features more than 50 exhibitors from Alaska and also hosts the Main Stage, Beer Garden and Fisherman’s Lounge.

The Expo conference lineup (schedule on page 8) is better than ever with four tracks spread across three locations at the show. Our mainstay tracks for Safety, Fisheries and WorkBoat focus on the timely issues that affect your business. In addition, this year we are happy to offer the Young Fisherman Journey track. This education track is designed for greenhorns as well as deckhands looking become captains, invest in a new boat or explore a new fishery. The National Fisherman crew in booth 755 hosts this new track, which will cover topics like financing, apprenticeships, vessel options and permits. If you’re just getting started and need some answers, stop by the NF booth and check it out.

There’s a lot going on this year at Pacific Marine Expo, and we want you to take advantage of all of it. For instant access, download the official Expo mobile app presented by iNECTA Seafood. The app puts at your fingertips our exhibit floor map, a full schedule of all events and conferences across all three show days, and a comprehensive list of exhibitors and featured products that you can reference 24-7. This app has everything you need to get where you need to be at the show. To download the app, follow these simple steps:

• Download the “Attendee Hub” from your app store;

• Search for “Pacific Marine Expo” in the Attendee Hub and download;

• Don’t forget to enable push notifications so you can get the latest on special events, education sessions and even a few surprises!

For the latest news and happenings on the show floor, check out the rest of your National Fisherman Expo News, visit National Fisherman in booth 755 as well as online at www.nationalfisherman.com. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook (facebook.com/PacificMarineExpo) and Instagram (@pacificmarineexpo) for live updates, candid moments and much more.

Welcome to Pacific Marine Expo! Thank you for making the show part of your business plan in 2018.

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