Kodiak trade show set to boost fishing community

March 20, 2017

dock with boats and people Kodiak fishing dock. Courtesy of Courtney Carothers.

Alaska Sea Grant will sponsor several events at the 2017 ComFish Alaska fishing industry trade show, scheduled for March 30–April 1 in Kodiak. Marine Advisory agent Julie Matweyou, who sits on the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce committee that organizes ComFish, has arranged both indoor and outdoor features.

Alaska Sea Grant will host Tim Troll, executive director of the Bristol Bay Land Trust. Troll will give a presentation on a photo exhibit of pre-1950s fishing sailboats in Bristol Bay, on display at the Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center. A reception for the Sailing for Salmon Photo Exhibit will begin March 31 at 5 pm at the center, and the show will continue through April.

In another ComFish talk, Julie Matweyou will show fishermen how they can use online FishBiz financial tools to enhance their business.

Matweyou and program assistant Astrid Rose are organizing the annual Fishermen’s Showcase, an outdoor event featuring a competition and demonstrations to highlight fishing skills such as knot tying, rope coiling and survival suit donning. “Kodiak fishermen will demonstrate what it takes to be successful in their operations and compete for the honor of the most able fisherman,” said Matweyou. A video of the 2016 Fishermen’s Showcase is viewable on the ComFish Facebook page, and another in the YouTube video below.

Also outside, Arthur Schultz, an instructor with Alaska Marine Safety Education Association, will deploy a surplus life raft. Fishermen will have the opportunity to imagine themselves in an emergency situation on their own vessels, with safety improvement in mind.

The Kodiak community and visitors are invited to participate in many other ComFish Alaska events as well. For a full schedule of events see the ComFish Facebook page.

If you’re going, be sure to drop by the Alaska Sea Grant–Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center booth to chat with faculty and staff.

— By Sue Keller

Alaska Sea Grant is a statewide marine research, education, and outreach program, and is a partnership between the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program agents provide assistance that helps Alaskans wisely use, conserve, and enjoy marine and coastal resources.