Bering Sea Fisheries Conference

News from Seattle’s Office of Economic Development @ – posted April 19th, 2012

Recent amendments to the American Fisheries Act and other federal, state and regional policies are providing new opportunities for Bering Sea commercial fishing vessel owners to rebuild or replace aging vessels. Actions taken or under consideration by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council should also facilitate replacement of vessels in the Amendment 80 and Freezer Longline fleets.

Already several new longliners have been announced, and more new vessels are in the pipeline in a variety of sectors.

Fishermen’s News will again produce their Bering Sea Fisheries Conference to provide a forum for vessel owners to hear from naval architects, shipyards, lenders and attorneys about new technologies available to the Commercial Fishing Fleets: design and construction, funding, enabling legislation and federal regulations

The following fisheries and gear types will benefit from attendance at the conference:

  • Bering Sea Pollock Fisheries
  • H & G Trawl Fisheries (Amendment 80)
  • Pacific Cod Freezer Longline Fishery

The conference will also be of interest to the following:

  • Naval Architects
  • Shipyard Operators
  • Processing and Equipment Suppliers
  • Commercial Lenders
  • Shoreside Processors

A list of speakers includes:

  • Kenny Down, Freezer Longline Coalition
  • Richard Draves, American Seafoods
  • Mark Gleason, Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers
  • Brent Paine, United Catcher Boats
  • Lori Swanson, Groundfish Forum
  • Eric Blumhagen, P.E., Jensen Maritime Consultants
  • Ron Burchett, Burchett Marine
  • Guido Perla, Guido Perla Associates
  • Bob Deshautel, Global Seas
  • Lars Borre Halse, Eksportfinans
  • Tor-Gunnar Hovig, Rolls Royce
  • Matt Nichols, Nichols Bros Boatbuilders
  • Cdr. Chris Woodley, USCG
  • Steve Hughes, Natural Resource Consultants
  • Dave Little, Clipper Seafoods
  • Casey Sixkiller, Sixkiller Consulting, LLC