From the Editor: PME Recap

If you were fortunate enough to attend this year’s Pacific Marine Expo, I hope that you found the experience both productive and informative.

Since it’s one of the largest and longest running commercial fishing and commercial marine trade shows on the West Coast, I had planned to be there on the first day of the show, Nov. 18, in Seattle. But then something happened.

A few hours before my flight, I woke up with a horrible feeling in my midsection that turned out to be food poisoning. The day before, I ate something that I’d grabbed the back of the ‘fridge, and that something had an expiration date that had already passed a few days earlier. (No, it wasn’t fish.)

So rather than get on a flight to Seattle and risk upsetting the boiling cauldron that my stomach had become, I stayed behind and helped support the team from back home.

But from what my teammates with Maritime Publishing told me, although the event was not as well attended as in previous years, it still managed to be a success.

If you were there, I hope you had the opportunity to meet and interact with some of the Maritime Publishing team, including publisher Dave Abrams, advertising manager Katie Higgins, page designer Kathy Samuelson and circulation coordinator Sarah Spangler, who all spent time helming booth 220.

As I mentioned in my previous editorial about the expo, I had intended to talk to people there about the issues in the commercial fishing industry that matter to them, whether it be fishing regulations, environmental concerns, offshore wind development, the pandemic – you name it.

I’d actually intended to go from booth to booth until I’d met as many people as I could and handed out as many business cards as possible.

And while that plan never came to fruition, I still am very much open to receiving feedback, suggestions and information from readers. Because again, as I mentioned in this column previously, it’s input and feedback from readers like you that help dictate the stories and topics that Fishermen’s News covers.

So if there’s anything that you’d like me or our staff to know, feel free to email me at the address below, or give me a call at (619) 313-4351.

Thanks for reading.

Managing Editor Mark Nero can be reached at