November 20-22, 1986 Seattle Center Exhibition Hall Pacific Marine Expo, the commercial marine trade show scheduled for November 20-22 at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, represents the largest forum for sharing marine technology and ideas that will take place on the West Coast this year.

Sponsored by National Fisherman Expositions, the organizer of Fish Expo and Seafood Expo, Pacific Marine Expo is intended as a western alternative to Fish Expo in the even-numbered years in which that show is held in Boston. A broad spectrum of equipment vendors will showcase their latest products and services in the Exhibition Hall, while the seminar program to take place in the adjacent Mercer Forum will bring together fishing and workboat industry leaders to discuss key issues that confront them.

The 1985 Fish Expo held in Seattle drew 12,730 visitors and generated approximately $100 million in business. When surveyed at that show, some 63 percent of the visitors said they were likely to attend Pacific Marine Expo this year. That survey also revealed that 95 percent of the attending vessel operators were optimistic about their continued profitability, and envisioned making future investments in equipment and services.

Safety Conference Now an annual event in the Pacific Northwest, the third Fishing Industry Safety Conference will coincide with Pacific Marine Expo at the Seattle Center. This year's safety conference will focus on collaborative efforts by the U.S. Coast Guard and the fishing industry to establish voluntary safety programs for fishing vessels. Such programs are aimed at helping the fishing industry reduce the losses of life and property that occur in commercial fishing operations.

In addition, voluntary safety efforts are intended to help control skyrocketing insurance costs for fishing vessels, and to provide a cost-effective alternative to proposed regulatory safety enhancement measures. Currently, there are numerous legislative proposals in Congress that would impose additional safety requirements on fishing vessel operators. Industry and Coast Guard spokesmen have lobbied against proposals that call for mandatory safety inspections aboard fishing vessels, however, and have asked Congress to give the voluntary programs a chance to prove themselves.

The Coast Guard has drafted a set of technical recommendations on the design, construction, and outfitting vessels, and has collaborated with the North Pacific Fishing Vessels Owners' Association on a set of operational recommendations for fishing vessel skippers and crewmen.

The voluntary safety program proposed by the Coast Guard also calls for the establishment of crew training programs in conjunction with fishermen's associations across the country. Such programs have now been established in the Pacific Northwest and other regions. This year's Safety Conference will feature speakers from the Coast Guard and the fishing and insurance industries.

Seminar Program Thursday, November 20 9:00 am—"The State of the Seafood Market," presented in cooperation with Seafood Business Magazine.

The U.S. seafood market is heating up. What is in store for West Coast producers?

9:00 am—"Public Policy and the Waterfront," presented in cooperation with the Seattle Marine Business Coalition. The cost of doing business along the waterfront is rising sharply because of development and regulatory pressures. What should our waterfront land use and environmental policies be?

Moderator: Tom Dyer, president, Seattle Marine Business Coalition Panelists: "The Political Perspective," by Jim Street, Seattle City Councilman.

"The Role of the Real Estate Developer," by Richard Hesik, Kidder, Matthews & Segner.

"The Port of Seattle," by Pat Davis, Port of Seattle Commission.

"The Industry Perspective," by Bob McMahon, Marine Construction & Design.

"Environmental Concerns," by Phil Johnson, Washington Department of Ecology.

Friday, November 21 9:00 am—By-Catch and Gear Selection," presented in cooperation with Pacific Marine Expo. Trawlers, crabbers, and longliners all catch fish and shellfish other than their target species. How should the complex of seafood resources be allocated among competing gear types?

Moderator: Steve Hughes, partner, Natural Resources Consultants.

Panelists: "The Theories of Gear Selection," by Dennis Lodge, head, Fisheries/ Nautical, Alaska Vocational Technical Center.

"The Politics of Management," by Jim Branson, executive director, North Pacific Fishery Management Council.

"The Trawler Perspective," by R.

Barry Fisher, president, New Wave Fisheries, Inc.

"The Crabber Perspective," by Kris E. Poulsen, manager, Kris Poulsen & Associates.

"The Longliner Perspective," by Mark Lundsten, skipper, fishing vessel Masonic.

9:00 am—"Regulation and the Towing Industry," presented in cooperation with Pacific Maritime Magazine. How much additional regulation is likely as towing approaches the 21st Century? What are the probable consequences in tgeyr?m s of economics and technolo- Moderator: Tom Bringloe, The Glosten Associates, Inc.

Panelists: Steve Scalzo, Foss Launch & Tug Company.

Stan Putzke, Crowley Maritime Corporation.

Bill Lawrence, American Waterways Operators.

L.A. Colluciello, National Transportation Safety Board.

Capt. Douglas C. O'Donovan, U.S. Coast Guard.

W.M. Hannan, American Bureau of Shipping.

Saturday, November 22 9:00 am—"The Status of the Stocks," presented by the Women's Fisheries Network in cooperation with PME. How healthy are our seafood stocks today, and how well do we understand them?

Moderator: Shari Gross, Gross & Associates.

Panelists: "Salmon," Steve Pennoyer, Alaska Department of Fish & Game.

"Crab," Jerry Reeves, National Marine Fisheries Service.

"Groundfish," Bob Francis, Fisheries Research Institute, University of Washington.

"Halibut," Steve Hoag, International Pacific Halibut Commission.

9:00 am—"Third Fishing Industry Safety Conference," presented in cooperation with the Vessel Safety Program. Are voluntary safety enhancement programs the answer to reducing fishing vessel casualties?

Panelists: "What Are the Voluntary Standards and How Will They Impact the Problem of Fishing Vessel Safety?" by Capt. Gordon Piche, U.S.

Coast Guard Headquarters.

"The view from Washington, D.C.— A Summary of Legislative Approaches," by Dennis Nixon, University of Rhode Island.

"The North Pacific Fishing Vessel Owners' Association Program—Prototype for Voluntary Safety Enhancement," by John Sabella, Vessel Safety Program.

"How an Operating Company Responds," by Joe Gnagey, Westward Trailers, Inc.

"The Insurance Industry Perspective— Will Voluntary Safety Standards Translate into Cheaper Premiums?" by Bob Taylor, Fisherman's Insurances Services.

"The Legal Ramifications of Voluntary Safety Standards," by Douglas M. Fryer, Mikkelborg, Broz, Wells, Fryer & Yates.

For additional information on the Pacific Marine Expo show and seminars, contact John Sabella at (206) 281-8074 or National Fisherman Expositions at (206) 283-1150.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 48,  Oct 1986

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