Pacific Marine Expo, the largest commercial marine trade show on the West Coast, was a lot fun for us this year. We had the pleasure of meeting with nearly 400 attendees of the Seattle-based conference who stopped by our booth in the Alaska Hall to say hello, many of them commercial fishermen.
Lots of people took copies of our Fishermen’s Direct Marketing Manual, a guide on how to bypass the middleman and sell fish directly to buyers. Many were also interested in our other publications geared toward fishermen, including Net Mending and Patching and Gillnet Hanging.
Another hot topic at the Alaska Sea Grant booth was kelp. Participants wanted to learn more about the scientific research we’re funding into kelp production and what they can do to farm kelp themselves.
Our popular Alaska Young Fishermen’s Summit was another topic of conversation. The Summit brings new entrants to the fishing industry together, as well as people who are contemplating getting into the business. It’s a three-day intensive networking and training conference that provides insights on fishing business management, financing, regulations, markets and more. We’re already planning for our next summit in January 2020.