Thank you for attending the 2013 Conference Program. We are in the process of putting together the 2014 program and will update the schedule as soon as possible. 

2013 Conference Program

Wednesday, November 20th

11:00AM- 12:00PM Keynote Address: Reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act by Brian Rothschild, President, Center For Sustainable Fisheries Join Brian J. Rothschild as he discusses the reforms that need to be made regarding National Standard 1: the balance between overfishing and optimum yield; National Standard 2: best science available and National Standard 8: the need to take into account the economic and social fabric of fishing communities.  He will also uncover the many misconceptions regarding fish population dynamics that constrain the effectiveness of legislation and the institutions that we need to be built to create sustained optimum yield.
12:00PM - 1:00PM

Pebblemine: Status and Next Steps

During this panel our guests will discuss the Bristol Bay salmon industry, potential impacts of the Pebble mine, and the current status of our coalition effort to protect the Bristol Bay fishery.  Presented by: Wayne Nastri, Co-President, E4 Strategic Solutions, Inc; Brett Veerhusen, Outreach Coordinator, Commercial Fishermen for Bristol Bay, Pacific Northwest;  Katherine Carscallen, Outreach Coordinator, Commercial Fishermen for Bristol Bay, Alaska; & Benjamin Blakey, Outreach Coordinator, Commercial Fishermen for Bristol Bay, Washington DC  

12:00PM- 1:00PM The Human Element in Safe Shipping: ABS Initiatives:This presentation will provide information reinforcing the continued need to address human element concerns in maritime systems as well as how the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) is tackling these concerns. The ABS Ergonomics Model for addressing human element concerns and current ABS activities to help improve mariner safety, crew task performance, and shipboard quality of life are presented. ABS human element-related topics include crew habitability, the assessment of safety culture, the identification of potential leading indicators of safety, mariner personal safety, and the application of ergonomics in a maritime environment. Presented by: Julie Pray, Engineer, ABS
1:30PM- 2:30PM

The Jones Act/MEL vs. Longshore Act - Which Coverage Applies: There is uncertainty for vessel owners and workers as to which insurance coverage applies - workers' compensation coverage for maritime employees under the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act and workers under the state act compensation laws is mutually exclusive of crewmember liability coverage under the Jones Act and the general maritime law.  But there is a "Zone of Uncertainty" whre these laws seem to overlap, and it is difficult for vessel owners to identify their correct exposure in order to be adequately insured against liability for injury or death of employees.  This presentation will explore the "Uncertainty Zone", set out the coverage tests currently in use by the courts, and look at recent case law. Presented by: John A. (Jack) Martone, Senior Vice President, Consulting, and Director of Marketing, American Equity Underwriters

1:30PM- 2:30PM

Cooperative Research in Alaska and the North Pacific: Researchers from the Alaska Fisheries Science Center and Northwest Fisheries Science Center will present examples of recent cooperative research projects and discuss their development. Fishing industry representatives from Alaska and West Coast fisheries will discuss their experiences with cooperative research and share their perspectives on working with government and university partners. They will be joined by trawlerman Jimmy Ruhle of North Carolina, who has been at the vanguard of cooperative research on the East Coast for more than a decade. This panel will expand on institutional arrangements, describe in more detail how collaborations developed, share how expertise and duties are shared, and identify possible funding sources for cooperative research.  Presented by: Dr. Steven  Barbeaux, AFSC; Dr. Waldo Wakefield, NWFSC;  Dr. Craig Rose, AFSC; and John Gauvin, Alaska Seafood Cooperative; Jimmy Ruhle, Captain of F/V Darana R & President of the Commercial Fishermen of America

3:00PM- 4:00PM Catch Shares in the Gulf of Alaska The North Pacific Fishery Management Council will present an update on the developing catch share quota program for Gulf of Alaska groundfish. Capt. Keith Colburn will share lessons learned from Bering Sea crab rationalization. Presented by: Captain Keith Colburn, Crab Wizard; Becca Robbins Gisclair, Senior Fisheries Policy Advisor, Alaska Marine Conservation Council; Duncan Fields, NPFMC Member & Kodiak Resident; Mark Fina, United States Seafoods & Mark Gleason, Executive Director, Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers
3:00PM- 4:00PM

On the Home Front What fishermen’s wives can do and are doing at home to promote the fishing industry. Presented by: Lori French, The Faces of California Fishing; Jen Karuza Schile, Author & Blogger; Elizabeth McMasters, co-owner, F/V Lady Laura, McMaster Maritime, Board of Directors Commercial Fishermen's Festival and Erika Kesterson

3:00PM- 4:00PM

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Thursday, November 21st

11:00AM- 12:00PM

Falling Off, Falling In: Prevention and Surviving: During fishing operations, crewmembers can be exposed to many factors that may result in them falling off of the vessel. These include things such as sea conditions and fishing gear. There are a variety of ways to prevent the falls, as well as, key steps that crewmembers and operators should practice to survive a fall into frigid water. Come to the session to refresh your knowledge about concepts for preventing falls and review ways to rescue crewmembers from a fall. Participate in demonstrations of man overboard alarms, personal flotation devices, and man overboard recovery drills. These concepts will be illustrated with hands-on activities. Presented by: Jennifer Lincoln, NIOSH Alaska Pacific Office; Ted Teske, NIOSH Alaska Pacific Office; Jerry Dzugan, Alaska Marine Safety Education Association; Ken Lawrenson, United States Coast Guard; Dan Hardin, USCG District 13; Mallory Davis, NIOSH Alaska Pacific Office and Man
Overboard Alarm Manufacturers

11:00AM- 12:00PM

Understanding Diesel Fuel Performance Standards: Modern diesel engine performance is directly related to the fuel, and varies from fuel to fuel. This presentation helps the diesel user/fuel purchaser understand critical diesel fuel performance standards that help increase engine efficiency, reduce fuel consumption and reduce emissions. With domestic crude production at record levels and growing, the U.S. end user now has the ability to track from 'well to wheel' the crude source and refinery technique used to produce ULSD that all produce different diesel fuels. Presented by: James Russo, Founder, Leading Edge Sciences, LLC

11:00AM- 12:00PM

Just for the Halibut: Examining changes to the Catch Sharing Plan allocations as well as the new NMFS observer program for Alaska’s commercial halibut fleet. Presented by: Kathy Hansen, Southeast Alaska Fishermen’s Alliance & Linda Behnken, Alaska Longline Fishermen's Association & James W. Balsiger, Ph.D., Administrator, Alaska Region, National Marine Fisheries Service

12:30PM- 1:30PM

More than a Feeling: Vessel Stability, Part 2: During fishing operations, vessels are exposed to many factors that affect stability. These include things such as sea conditions, weather and changing loads. Since the state of the "stability" of a vessel is continually changing, understanding the combined effect of these factors is vital to a safe and profitable operation. Come to the session to refresh your knowledge about basic stability concepts such as the Center of Gravity, Center of Buoyancy, Metacenter, and righting arm. Then participate in demonstrations illustrating these concepts with hands-on activities to reinforce these concepts. Afterwards, review a set of stability instructions and how to use them.  Presented By: Dan Hardin, USCG District 13; Jennifer Lincoln, NIOSH Alaska Pacific Office; Jerry Dzugan, Alaska Marine Safety Education Association; Ken Lawrenson, United States Coast Guard

12:30PM - 2:30PM

Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association Update: This RSDA sponsored event will include a presentation and Q & A led by Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologist Paul Salomone.  Salomone and other presenters will discuss fisheries management issues, over escapement goals (OEG), permit buyback plans, and other topics important to Bristol Bay fishermen.  Presented by: Elijah Lawson;  Paul Salomone, Alaska Dept of Fish and Game;  Chris Boatright, University of WA Fisheries Research Institute &  Beth Poole, Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association

1:00PM- 2:00PM

 Sponsored Session: Rotating Equipment

 Boatyard Day

2:45PM- 3:00PM Work Boat and Fishing Boat Year in Reviews
Bruce Buls, Technical Editor for WorkBoat magazine and Jes Hathaway and Michael Crowley, Editors of National Fisherman, will kick off our annual Boatyard day with a 2013 Year in Review for both work boats and fishing boats. Then learn the 2013 National Fisherman Boats & Gear Award winners!
3:00PM- 4:00PM Keynote Address: Resurgence of the Pacific Northwest Maritime Industry
Frank Foti, CEO & President, Vigor Industrial LLC
Over the past 18 years, Frank Foti has led the company's transformation from a single, struggling shipyard to a thriving, increasingly diversified industrial company with 2,000 employees, seven locations and more than $500 million in annual revenue.

Friday, November 22nd

8:00AM- 9:00AM Breakfast with the Editors-Paid
9:00AM- 12:00PM

Profitable Harvest-Paid

1:00PM- 2:00PM Fisherman of the Year