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Wild Seafood Exchange conference aimed at independent fishermen

Jan 7th, 2012 | Category: News

WHATCOM – The 2012 Wild Seafood Exchange, presented by Fishermen’s News in partnership with the Port of Bellingham, will be held in Bellingham on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at the Best Western Plus Lakeway Inn & Conference Center in Bellingham. Previously held in Seattle, the one-day conference is aimed at the independent commercial fisherman who wants to learn about marketing and direct marketing to restaurants, retailers, brokers and seafood buyers. The day includes a Restaurants Speak Panel Discussion, with executive chefs from local restaurants discussing what they look for in wild seafood products and vendors. The moderator will be Peter Philips, publisher of Fishermen’s News. Confirmed panelists as of press time include: Mataio Gillis, of Ciao Thyme; Jim Ashby, of Community Foods Co-op; and Kevin Weatherill, President of The Markets LLC. Izetta Chambers, J.D., of the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program, and Melinda Sweet, of the Desire Fish Company will share information about successful marketing. In addition, participants can learn about funding sources for business operations, new equipment, new construction and more. State and federal sources, as well as private lending will be discussed. One-on-one round-table discussions with shipyards, direct marketers, funding experts and colleagues will also be held. Early bird registration through Jan. 20 is $70 per person, and later $90. For more information, visit or contact Denise Philips at or (206) 284-8285.

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