Something fishy going on: Fish Expo 1994.The ocean border between Canada and Washington state has received an extraordinary amount of attention this past summer, mainly due to a "fish war" also involving Alaska. Briefly: In June, Canada walked out on talks between Alaska, British Columbia British Columbia, province (2001 pop. 3,907,738), 366,255 sq mi (948,600 sq km), including 6,976 sq mi (18,068 sq km) of water surface, W Canada. Geography
, Washington and Oregon to set new Pacific salmon catch allocations under the 1985 Pacific Salmon Treaty. The source of Canadian anger centers on fish that are unaware of international borders.
Alaska-based fishing operations harvest salmon that occupy Canadian waters at various times. Historically, Canadians have mitigated this unfavorable harvesting scenario by catching more fish in southern British Columbia, destined des·tine
tr.v. des·tined, des·tin·ing, des·tines
1. To determine beforehand; preordain: a foolish scheme destined to fail; a film destined to become a classic.
2. for Washington and Oregon, to offset their Alaska losses. That worked fine while there were enough fish. But with declining salmon stocks in Washington and Oregon, and a fisheries fisheries. From earliest times and in practically all countries, fisheries have been of industrial and commercial importance. In the large N Atlantic fishing grounds off Newfoundland and Labrador, for example, European and North American fishing fleets have long shutdown on the West Coast, the delicate balance between the players has been upset.
The result was a $1,100 fee assessed by Canada on U.S. commercial vessels A commercial vessel is defined by the United States Coast Guard as any vessel (i.e. boat or ship) engaged in commercial trade or that carries passengers for hire. This would exclude pleasure craft that do not carry passengers for hire or warships. traveling along the inside Passage between southeast Alaska and the Lower 48 after mid-June.
But there are avenues that keep the industry speaking and working together. One such avenue is Fish Expo 1994 in Seattle (December 1-3) at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center The Washington State Convention and Trade Center is a convention center located next to and over Interstate 5 in downtown Seattle, Washington, adjacent to Freeway Park. Planning for its construction began in 1982; construction began in 1985, and the center opened on June 18, 1988. . The trade show will afford the opportunity for participants to "meet colleagues from North America North America, third largest continent (1990 est. pop. 365,000,000), c.9,400,000 sq mi (24,346,000 sq km), the northern of the two continents of the Western Hemisphere. , Alaska, the Pacific Northwest and the rest of the world," according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. Diversified Expositions, the organizer.
Fish Expo 1994 is billed as the world's largest fishing trade show, due to its merger with another trade show, Pacific Marine Expo. The result? Nearly 25,000 commercial fishing industry professionals in one place at one time. That fact is not lost on the 768 exhibiting companies occupying 1,100 exhibit spaces in the convention center.
Looking at Fish Expo attendees (based on past Fish Expos), it's easy to see why participants have the attention of industry suppliers and service providers. The crowd at Fish Expo breaks down to vessel owners (41 percent), boat captains (23 percent) and boat crews (20 percent), with the remainder representing general management, purchasing agents Noun 1. purchasing agent - an agent who purchases goods or services for another
agent - a representative who acts on behalf of other persons or organizations and related services. More than 84 percent of the commercial fishermen attending the show have the authority to make purchasing decisions for their companies, another attractive demographic figure provided by the organizers.
So where do these buying attendees come from and why do they attend? About 88 percent come from the Pacific Northwest, Canada and Alaska. The remainder come from 40 other countries and key fishing ports across the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. . Most fishermen come to see new products and developments, followed by a need to purchase equipment and supplies. Finally, many Fish Expo attendees say they come to develop new contacts and to attend seminars.
For more information on Fish Expo 1994, contact Diversified Expositions in Portland, Me., at (207) 772-3005 or fax (207) 772-5059.
FIFTH YEAR: TIME FOR YOUR STORIES
As this column begins its fifth year, I'd like to offer readers the chance to contribute and tell their stories about Alaska/Northwest relations. Stories that need to be told (and shared with me for publication) include:
* specific experiences gained from transactions between the regions;
* recent news from your company about doing business in Alaska or the Northwest;
* stories of complex business deals or litigation An action brought in court to enforce a particular right. The act or process of bringing a lawsuit in and of itself; a judicial contest; any dispute.
When a person begins a civil lawsuit, the person enters into a process called litigation. ;
* major projects in Alaska by Northwest firms;
* tips on doing business across the miles that separate the Northwest and Alaska; and
* cross-border transactions with Canada.
You get the idea. This column should grow to report on your business. That's what That's What is one of the more idiosyncratic releases by solo steel-string guitar artist Leo Kottke. It is distinctive in it's jazzy nature and "talking" songs ("Buzzby" and "Husbandry"). makes an interesting piece! I can be reached easily (see byline), and I look forward to hearing from you.
Former Alaska resident Harry Brelsford, now in Seattle, can be reached on the Internet at 73651,323