time again. This weekend the fisheries tradeshow takes place at the Kodiak Harbor
Convention Center. The
ComFish forums will take place at the Kodiak Island Best Western. This year's
locations are a far cry from the borrowed National Guard Tent that housed the
very first ComFish.
Alaska's largest and longest running
fisheries trade show has moved from place to place and from date to date over
the 28 years of its existence.
The Kodiak Chamber of Commerce
started the event in 1980. Chamber executive director Deb King says she's very
pleased with both the date and the venue for this year's event. She explained
that planning for ComFish 2010 started six months ago.
-- (Comfish 1 "My first sort ...to the
recruitment trips are successful at luring traders to Kodiak. This year's
tradeshow will feature vendors who've taken part in ComFish for 20 years. There
are also 12 new vendors participating this year. They're coming to Kodiak from
Sitkinak, and around the U.S.,
as well as from Canada and
as far away as New Zealand.
organize the fisheries forums is fisheries journalist and radio host Laine
Welch, who's worked on ComFish for the past two decades.
-- (Comfish 2 "And
people really ... a good line-up.")
The list of
fisheries policy forums taking place this week is a lengthy one and includes
lectures and discussions led by scientists, policy makers, advocates and other
-- (Comfish 3 "Again
being one ... it's local.")
King and Welch went on to
discuss why they think ComFish is worth the months of effort that goes into the
-- (Comfish 4 "There's
so many ...on fish. Absolutely.")
ComFish takes place Thursday,
Friday and Saturday. The show hours are 10 to 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. On
Saturday the hours are morning at 10 to 4.