The 2017 Pacific Marine Expo is the largest commercial marine trade show on the West Coast, serving commercial fishermen and mariners from Alaska to California. Held each year at the CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle, this industry tradition boasts more than 450 exhibiting companies — offering expert insight, products and solutions to keep the commercial marine industry afloat. Here are the Top 10 Reasons you should be there!

10. Seattle scenery 

Attending the 2017 Pacific Marine Expo is as much about the experience and networking outside of the event as it is doing business, learning and connecting at the show. Seattle will certainly not disappoint in your after-show-hours experience and networking opportunities with colleagues new and old. Make the most of it!  


9. 2017 featured products

Sourcing the latest products and services in person is a major benefit to attending the Pacific Marine Expo each year. Take an exclusive look at what's new before anyone else, and get a leg up on the competition!

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8. New product demonstrations

New this year, Pacific Marine Expo will have open sessions on the exhibit floor featuring in-depth product demonstrations available to all attendees. Learn more about specific products from exhibitors as they present and demonstrate their services in the 1600 aisle.

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7. 2017 Pacific Marine Expo Keynote Address

In his role as Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries, Chris Oliver oversees science-based management and conservation of the nation's recreational and commercial fisheries. Join us to hear what he sees as the agency's national priorities moving forward and its importance to Alaska and West Coast fisheries.

Chris Oliver's keynote presentation will take place Thursday, Nov. 16, at 3:15 p.m. on the Main Stage in the Alaska Hall. 


6. Fisherman of the Year Contest: Co-hosted by Sean Dwyer from Deadliest Catch!

Put your skills to the test in the annual Fisherman of the Year Competition, where anyone can compete in three heats of rope splicing, net mending and blindfolded knot tying. Each heat winner will take away a cash prize and move on to compete in the final round — the survival suit challenge.

The final round champion will take home the coveted Fisherman of the Year title, $100 cash and a custom National Fisherman vest. There is no fee to enter, just step on up! Get there early because slots fill up fast. This year's contest will take place on Saturday, Nov. 18 at noon on the Main Stage in the Alaska Hall. 


5. Happy Hour in the Beer Garden

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There is nothing like free drinks to help fuel the conversation with vendors and colleagues. Take a few minutes to unwind and have a drink on us in the Pacific Marine Expo Beer Garden. Each happy hour will feature a prize drawing for a pair of Seattle Seahawks tickets, plus a special guest appearance by a Seahawks cheerleader — come get an autograph! Happy hours will take place Thursday, 4 p.m. | Friday, 4 p.m. | Saturday, 12:30 p.m. in the Alaska Hall. 


4. PME Education Program

Curated by the editorial team of National Fisherman Magazine, these industry educational sessions are free to all Expo attendees and will cover topics like marine safety, business management, regulatory issues, technical advancements and much more. The program is designed to provide current and essential updates to the commercial fishing industry, while offering an environment for open discussion and networking opportunities with other industry professionals.

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BRAND NEW — We added a Young Fishermen's track that will take place in the Fisherman's Lounge throughout the day on Thursday, Nov. 17. The Fisherman's Lounge will also include a Symphony of Seafood Hall of Fame, displaying 25 years of winning products, a panel presentation about the importance of product development for the seafood industry, announcement of the Seattle People’s Choice, and other promotional activities.


3. The NEW 2017 Pacific Marine Expo mobile app

The 2017 Pacific Marine Expo has developed an all-new mobile app to help you make the best of the show. With an easy-to-use exhibit floor map, comprehensive list of exhibitors, a schedule of everything happening across all three show days, AND new products — you can reference both during and after the show. You'll need this tool to help you navigate the event! You can download the app by using your phone's app store and search for Pacific Marine Expo.



2. Brand new! Alaska Hall

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Pacific Marine Expo is thrilled to launch the all-new Alaska Hall. The Alaska Hall will be a one-stop shop for everything that comes from Alaska. In this brand new space, you will not only find all the Alaskan exhibitors but also the Main Stage, the Fisherman’s Lounge and the ever-popular Happy Hour.


1. Come meet us!

The editors and staff of National Fisherman will be covering the show floor and manning booth 755 at the 2017 Pacific Marine Expo. Come see us, ask us about our show special for 16 issues a year plus digital access, and take part in THE industry event of the year. Register now to secure your FREE* pass to this year's show before time runs out. We can't wait to see you there! 

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*Non-exhibiting suppliers fee: $50 pre-show and onsite.

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

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