Some familiar political faces were
seen at ComFish Alaska's
gala dinner held at the Golden Anchor on the U.S. Coast Guard Base in Kodiak
Thursday evening. Former Senator Ted Stevens made an appearance as a special
guest at the sold-out event, "Look How Far We've Come," celebrating the 50th
anniversary of statehood and the Alaska seafood industry's place in it. Stevens received a
lifetime achievement award from United Fisherman of Alaska and was inducted as
a charter member of the organization's Seafood Hall of Fame.
a keynote speech on the history of Alaska's Seafood Industry by historian Bob
King and the induction of 20 charter members of the Seafood Hall of Fame,
Stevens, who was among the inductees, was presented with the honorary award. He
talked about enactment of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, which established a 200
mile Exclusive Economic Zone off Alaskan shores. He also highlighted the threat
the Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported or IUU fishery now poses to the
industry, operating in some cases just beyond the 200 mile limit.
-- (Stevens 1 61 sec. "We led the world ... that's why I came here tonight.")
took the opportunity to address the recent dismissal of his case after
being convicted of seven felony corruption charges, saying only that he would not comment further on the matter because of
an ongoing Justice Department investigation of the original prosecutors.
-- (Stevens 2 46 sec. "I just want to make ... help me honor that commitment.")
executive director of United Fishermen of Alaska and Joe Childers, the
organization's president, presented Stevens with the award along with honorary
lifetime membership, both saying he has done much to benefit Alaska's fishing and seafood industries.
Governor Palin said Kodiak
was the perfect place for an event like ComFish. She discussed the importance of the commercial fishing and seafood
industries to Alaska
and highlighted its successful management and sustainability. She said all
Alaskans, especially those in places like Kodiak, are proud of Alaska's fishing
-- (Palin 1 33 sec. "Sustainability to some ... and for the rest of the world.")
journalist Laine Welch served as master of ceremonies at the gala dinner.