August 20, 2014
Candidates for Alaska Governor “talk fish” at Kodiak forum

           For Immediate Release                                              Contact: Trevor Brown 907-486-5557


 Gov. Sean Parnell

Gov. Sean Parnell

 (Kodiak) – Candidates for Alaska governor will be in Kodiak on August 28 to take part in a unique debate that focuses on a single topic: Alaska’s seafood industry.

            Incumbent Governor Sean Parnell faces stiff competition from two opponents: Democratic candidate Byron Mallott and Independent candidate Bill Walker.

           Since 1990 Kodiak has hosted fisheries debates for candidates vying both for Alaska governor and U.S. Congress. The event has always attracted 100% participation by candidates. In fact, anyone who has skipped the fish debate has not won their election.                      

Bill Walker  Credit: AK Biz Magazine

Bill Walker
Credit: AK Biz Magazine

The big hook is that the 2-hour event is broadcast live  to more than 330 Alaska communities via host station KMXT and the Alaska Public Radio Network. It also will be streamed live on the internet by KMXT (

“The fishing industry is Alaska’s biggest employer, and it produces over 60% of our nation’s wild caught seafood. Seafood also is Alaska’s top export by far,” said Trevor Brown, director of the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the event. “The fisheries debate lets candidates share their knowledge and ideas about this vital industry to a statewide audience.”

The fisheries debate is set for Thursday, August 28th from 7-9 p.m. at the Kodiak High School auditorium. The lively format will include written questions from the audience and ‘lightening rounds’ where candidates compete to ring in first to answer questions. There is no admission charge to attend.


Byron Mallott Credit:

Byron Mallott

Sponsors for the governor candidates’ fisheries debate include: Alaska Groundfish Data Bank , Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers, Trident Seafoods, Kodiak Island Borough, City of Kodiak, Horizon Lines, Samson Tug & Barge, Alaskan Leader Fisheries, Groundfish Forum and Alaskan Quota & Permits in Petersburg.   #