From the Editor: Pacific Marine Expo ‘22

Pictured from left to right: Fishermen’s News Managing Editor Mark Nero, Writer Norris Comer and Business Manager Sarah Spangler.

In mid-November, I had the privilege and pleasure of representing Fishermen’s News at one of the largest and longest-running commercial fishing and commercial marine trade shows in existence, Pacific Marine Expo, which took place Nov. 17-19 in Seattle.

Maritime Institute, the parent company of Maritime Publishing, which produces Fishermen’s News, operated Booth 220 at this year’s expo.

A handful of Maritime Publishing representatives, including Publisher Dave Abrams, Advertising Manager Katie Higgins and yours truly, Managing Editor Mark Nero, were at the booth during various times over the course of the three days, as were other folks who help create content for the magazine, including Senior Designer Kathy Samuelson, Business Manager Sarah Spangler, and Writer Norris Comer.

Not only would I like to thank them for their hard work, I’d also like to thank the event’s organizers, as well as the fishermen, vendors, boat operators, salespeople and everyone else who stopped by the booth to say hello, have a conversation, pick up a complimentary issue of Fishermen’s News and/or subscribe to FN or one of the other magazines in the Maritime Publishing family. It was great seeing you.

I especially enjoyed speaking with people within the commercial fishing industry about the issues that matter most to them including, but not limited to, offshore wind development, fishing regulations, environmental concerns, violence among vessel crew members, the ongoing disappearance of Alaskan snow crab and more.

As I’ve mentioned before, it’s input and feedback from readers and subscribers that help dictate the stories and topics that Fishermen’s News covers, so the information that we received during PME ’22 was very helpful in determining which issues that the magazine could and should cover.

If you were unable to attend the expo, or were there and want to learn about something that you may have missed, I’ve written a recap of the event, which can be found in this issue.

Thanks again, and we’ll see you in Seattle next year.  

Managing Editor Mark Nero can be reached at