With new programming, more exhibitors, and expanded special events, this year’s Expo is charting a new course for the fishing and workboat industry

SEATTLE, WA, July 01, 2024 /24-7PressRelease/ — With the creation of new WorkBoat West programming and the development of an innovative partnership with Washington Maritime Blue, the 2024 Pacific Marine Expo (PME), which will be held from Wednesday, November 20th, through Friday, November 22nd, promises to be the most engaging ever for the maritime industry. This year’s show will follow a new schedule pattern, with the show floor opening on Wednesday, November 20th from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Thursday, November 21st from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM, and Friday, November 22nd from 9:00 to 2:00 PM.

“PME has always been the largest commercial maritime trade show on the West Coast, but our exhibitors and attendees wanted to see more WorkBoat Show programming and also include a focus on new technologies that will shape the future of the industry,” said Bob Callahan, Group Vice President, Diversified Communications, which produces the show. “Thanks to new partnerships and innovative education, this year’s Expo will deliver just that and make this a must-do event for the entire fishing and commercial marine industry.”

Last year’s Expo attracted more than 5,000 industry leaders, who heard more than 30 industry speakers during the free Expo Education Program curated by National Fisherman and explored a full exhibit floor filled with the latest in hottest equipment and services from top industry manufacturers and suppliers.

This year’s free Expo Education Program will cover topics such as marine safety, business management, regulatory issues, technical advancements, and more. The education program is designed to provide current and essential updates to the industry while offering an environment for open discussions and networking with other industry professionals.

Additionally, this year’s Expo will feature a new spinoff called WorkBoat West which will feature programming designed for shipyards, vessel owner-operators, and other commercial marine stakeholders. The International WorkBoat Show, also produced by Diversified, happens once a year in New Orleans and propels the industry forward by welcoming commercial vessel owners, operators, builders, vendors, the military, and suppliers all in one location.

“Bringing a taste of WorkBoat out west will help connect commercial fishermen to other commercial mariners through sessions and WorkBoat themes each day of the Expo, including Maritime Blue, all things shipyard, and military,” Callahan said. “Adding this focus will help attendees connect with everyone who is making their living on the water.”

For more than 50 years, Pacific Marine Expo has been a catalyst for innovation in the commercial marine industry. The innovation theme will be in the forefront of this year’s Expo, thanks to a new partnership with Washington Maritime Blue. Based in Seattle, Washington Maritime Blue is an economic accelerator committed to the development of maritime business, technology, and practices that “promote a sustainable future contributing to economic growth, ecological health, and thriving communities.”

“Maritime Blue is developing cutting-edge strategies to ensure that Washington State is home to a world-class thriving, sustainable maritime industry through accelerating innovation for a Blue Economy,” said Callahan. “We’re excited to present a forum that will showcase innovations that will shape the future of the entire maritime industry.” For more information on Maritime Blue, please visit www.maritimeblue.org.

This year’s PME will feature a Maritime Blue Pavilion that will present the latest in technologies and services, a stage that will offer the opportunity for attendees to meet with the leadership of start-up companies, and programming that will update major initiatives such as sustainable maritime fuels, Quiet Sound, workforce development, green technologies, fast ferries, and others.

“If you make your living on the water, you just can’t afford to miss this year’s Expo,” Callahan said. “It’s the one place to check out the latest products, technologies, and services, learn best practices, and catch up with old and new friends.” The Expo has been held in Seattle for more than 50 years.

The 2024 Expo also will feature the popular Alaska Hall, the King County Maritime Economic Forecast Breakfast, product demonstrations, The National Fisherman Highliner Ceremony, performances by Fisher Poets, and the epic Coastal Challenge, formerly known as the Fisherman of the Year contest.

Finally, the Expo will again collaborate closely with the Maritime High School and other regional youth training programs to offer tours of the show floor to help students explore the diversity of careers and businesses involved in the industry.

Registration for Pacific Marine Expo will open on July 23rd. Companies interested in exhibiting at Pacific Marine Expo should contact Kristin Luke, Sales Manager, at 207.842.5635 or kluke@divcom.com.

For more information, please visit www.PacificMarineExpo.com.


Lauren St. Clair, (207) 842-5420

Ken Saunderson, (206) 282-6858

About Pacific Marine Expo
Pacific Marine Expo is part of the Diversified Communications portfolio of commercial marine events, publications, and eMedia products. Pacific Marine Expo is the largest and longest-running marine and commercial fishing tradeshow on the West Coast and is held annually in Seattle. The Expo serves all aspects of the market, including commercial vessel owners, commercial fishermen, boatbuilders, workboat operators, and seafood processors. For further information, visit https://www.pacificmarineexpo.com.

About Diversified Communications

Diversified Communications is a leading international media company with a portfolio of face-to-face exhibitions and conferences, online communities, and digital and print publications. As producers of these market-leading products Diversified Communications connects, educates, and strengthens business communities in over fourteen industries including: food and beverage, healthcare, natural and organic, business management and technology. Established in 1949 and headquartered in Portland, Maine, USA with divisions and offices around the world, Diversified Communications remains a privately held, third generation, family-owned business. For more information, visit www.divcom.com.

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