This iconic industry accounts for 7% of Whatcom’s workforce. They’re looking to hire

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An upcoming job fair will not only have potential leads on maritime jobs, but there a chance to grab some food and a boat tour.

The Port of Bellingham’s Marine Trades Jobs and Internship Fair runs from noon to 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 19, at the new Fishermen’s Pavilion near Zuanich Park. Along with 36 businesses participating in the fair, Bellingham Cold Storage will offer boat tours of the facility, the Captain Cod food truck will be on hand and Trident Seafoods is providing free salmon jerky and rope tying demonstrations. There will also be live music, according to Mike Hogan, spokesman for the port.

Businesses planning to be at the job fair include All American Marine, NW Explorations, Seaview Boatyard and LFS Marine. Debbie Granger, winner of the 2022 Puget Sound Maritime Achievement award, will be on hand talking about opportunities for women in the marine trade industry.

More than 6,000 jobs in Whatcom County are created or supported by the marine trades industry, representing 7% of the total workforce, according to the Working Waterfront Coalition of Whatcom County.

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