Formally known as Pacific Marine Expo, the three-day conference that ends tomorrow is the largest commercial marine trade show on the West Coast. It’s great place to spread the word about the threats facing Southeast Alaska wild salmon and the opportunities to conserve, protect and restore the top salmon-producing watersheds in the Tongass National Forest.
TU’s Heather Hardcastle and Melanie Brown (middle and right in photo) are collecting signatures and sharing information at Fish Expo with fishermen, boat builders, gear and equipment suppliers, fabricators, seafood processors and others whose livelihoods revolve around the ocean and the marine industries.
Helping Heather and Melanie to staff the TU booth is photojournalist Amy Gulick, author of “Salmon in the Trees,” a book that tells the story of the remarkable connection among salmon, people, trees and wildlife of the Tongass rain forest. Thanks, Amy!