The newly opened Kodiak Harbor
Convention Center was a flurry of
activity Wednesday, with ComFish Alaska
exhibitors setting up their booths in preparation for opening
KMXT's Erik Wander has more.
This year marks the 30th annual
ComFish. Debora King, executive director of the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce, discussed
how this year's event will be different from those of previous years and
highlighted several aspects that make ComFish special.
-- (King 1 49 sec. "The new facility is ... the
largest fishing ports in the nation.")
Wednesday afternoon, Kathy Kurtenbach of Alaska Sea Grant College Program said
the setup was going well and hoped to have her booth ready within two or three
hours. She mentioned her goals as an exhibitor at the event.
-- (Kurtenbach 1 38 sec. "What I hope to accomplish ... of interest to everyone.")
Lee of S and W Wilson Enterprises, a supplier of marine life support,
filtration and refrigeration systems based Brooklyn, New York,
said it was the company's first time exhibiting at ComFish and their first
visit to Kodiak.
-- (Lee 1 20
sec. "We do a lot of
refrigeration ... know a little bit about Kodiak.")
one booth, Birch Foster of Fish and Game and Gary Byrne of Kodiak Regional
Aquaculture Association were setting up a fish tank. Byrne said several
different types of fish would be on display, while Foster talked about what
Fish and Game hoped to present to the public.
-- (Foster/Byrne 1 50 sec. "Let's see, what fish ... the we're doing on the island.")
Officer Tim Gould
of NOAA Fisheries Enforcement described the organization's role as an exhibitor
as showing a uniform presence and providing information to fisherman and the public,
ranging from enforcement to regulations on whale viewing.
-- (Gould 1 30 sec. "We're based out of Kodiak ... as well as enforcement.")
The 30th annual
ComFish opens Thursday (today) at 10 a.m. at the convention center on Marine Way between
Rezanof and Shelikof and will include a total of 32 exhibitors. There will also
be daily forums on a range of topics, including Alaskan seafood marketing,
offshore drilling, marine mammals, Pebble Mine and Exxon Valdez litigation and
claims. For a complete list of exhibitors and forums, visit our website, kmxt