From the Editor: PME ’23 Wrap Up

The 2023 edition of Pacific Marine Expo is now in the record books, so I’d like to take a moment to thank everyone who dropped by booth 220 during the three-day event to say hello to staffers from Maritime Institute and Maritime Publishing.

We enjoyed talking with you, hearing about your experiences, giving and receiving information, and just chatting in general.

I’ve always said that the biggest asset of this magazine and website is it’s readers, and those of you whom we were lucky enough to meet with at the expo proved this to be the case yet again.

It’s the feedback from you – ideas, suggestions and yes, even complaints – that help shape our coverage of the fishing industry and we’re grateful that you chose to share your thoughts with us.

We’ll have a full wrap up of the event in the next print edition of Fishermen’s News, but for now, I’ll just say that, as is the case each year at the event, there were plenty of important and timely subjects that were delved into.

Among the various issues that were discussed by panelists and attendees during educational sessions at the event were: the future of electric vessels in commercial fishing; technology development and funding for commercial fisheries; mental health for fishermen and addressing stress on the water; offshore wind development; and commercial fishing vessel safety.

More about each of these topics and the panel discussions that explored them, will appear in our aforementioned wrap up story, which will be out in a few weeks.

Thanks for reading.

Managing Editor Mark Nero can be reached at (619) 313-4351 or via