Hosted by the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce

Forums held at the Kodiak Inn/Harbor Room

ComFish at Kodiak March 31-April 2 Credit: Visitors Guide

ComFish at Kodiak
March 31-April 2
Credit: Visitors Guide

March 31—April 2 10:00 AM—4:00 pm


Wednesday, March 30th


Preshow Presentations

9:15-12:00 Kodiak Alternative Safety Compliance Program (ASCP) Meeting

Presenters: Scott Wilwert Will be presented at Near Island NMFS Lab, 301 Research Court

a brief historical presentation on how ASCP’s came to be, discuss and solicit feedback on the attached DRAFT “All Vessel Requirements” Matrix and discuss the way forward with regard to fleet specific/ risk specific programs. Please take this opportunity to participate and provide input to help shape future regulations.

2:30 – 4:00 seabird bycatch avoidance meeting Presenters: Amanda Gladics

Will be presented at Fisherman’s Hall, 403 Marine Way

Information on why albatrosses are particularly sensitive to bycatch, updates on short-tailed albatross conservation status and current federal management, and an in-depth look at trends in albatross bycatch rates for fleets catching various target species, in different regions, individual vessel practices, and day vs. night time

4:00 – 7:00 AMCC Presents “Come Jig it Up” – Fish Taco Night at the Kodiak Island Brewery


Thursday, March 31st      

10:00 – 12:00 Rights to Fish: Challenges and Opportunities in Alaska Fishing Access Presenters: Courtney Carouthers – Associate Professor UAF, Duncan Fields- Shoreside Consulting – Kodiak, Hannah Heimbuch – Community Organizer, AMCC and Others that are TBD

This forum will share the latest findings from graying of the fleet research to better understand the loss of access by Alaskans to commercial fishing in Alaska and innovative ideas to reverse the trend. Policy makers will discuss poten-tial solutions and fishermen will share insight from recent networking around the nation.

12:30 – 1:15 Senator Murkowski

Federal Update – Town Hall Meeting

1:15- 2:00 DSC Ratio Set Up – Bringing VHF into the 21st Century

Presenter: TBD

Learn how to properly install and use your Digital Selective Calling VHF radio. It can save your life!

2:00 – 2:30 Alternate Safety Compliance Programs: What Should I Be Doing Now?

Presenter: Scott Wilwert, District 17 USCG Fishing Vessel Safety Coordinator

Safety and equipment requirements for commercial fishing vessels are changing; learn what will be required in the future.

2:30- 3:00 U.S. Navy

Presenter: Alex Stone

The U.S. Navy’s Pacific Fleet conducts training exercises in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). The Navy training in the GOA is con-ducted as part of joint service exercises done in coordination with the Alaskan Command. The Navy has conducted environ-mental impact analysis of these training activities and is in the process of completing an updated Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The Navy and the Alaskan Command welcome the opportunity to share information about the impor-tant training conducted in the GOA.

3:00– 4:30 Kodiak Cannery History Forum

Presenter: TBD

Come learn about the history of Kodiak’s seafood industry and efforts to document and preserve Alaska’s fisheries history. Sponsored by the Alaska Historical Society’s Alaska Historic Canneries Initiative.


 Friday, April 1st

10:00- 10:30 Causes of declines in size-at-age of Pacific halibut

Presenter: Jane Sullivan, University of Alaska Fairbanks, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences

The average weight of a 20-year-old halibut declined from 120 pounds in 1988 to less than 45 pounds in 2014. We investi-gated the role of size-selective fishing, competition with an expanding arrowtooth flounder population, and other ecologi-cal and environmental factors on this decline in halibut size-at-age.

10:30– 11:00 Variability in Walleye Pollock Reproductive Potential and its Implications on Fishery Management

Presenter: Benjamin C. Williams, University of Alaska Fairbanks, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences

The Gulf of Alaska walleye Pollock fishery is managed using estimates of spawning stock biomass as a proxy for reproductive potential. We investigated changes in Pollock maturity and fecundity to derive better estimates of reproductive potential and discuss the resulting implications on management of this important commercial fishery.

11:00 – 11:30 Climate change and ocean acidification in the Bering Sea: what to expect for crab fisheries.

Presenters: Robert Foy, NOAA Fisheries Kodiak Lab

As climate change and increases in ocean acidification are being measured in Alaska, little is known about the possible effects on commercial fish species. Laboratory studies conducted by NOAA scientists at the Kodiak Laboratory suggest that crab will be negatively affected by ocean acidification. Further, stock assessment and economic models allow scientists to forecast the longer term effects on crab populations and local communities.

11:30 – 12:00 Working with Kodiak’s Trawl Fishing Community to Find Better Ways to Catch Fish

Presenter: Craig S. Rose, PhD FishNext Research (formerly Conservation Engineering Lead at NOAA’s Alaska Fisheries Science Center)

Dr. Rose has been working with the Kodiak trawl fishing community on improvements to fishing gear since 1990. He will discuss how that work has been done, what was learned, its use in the fishery, and future steps.

1:00 – 2:00 Salmon Market Update and State Fiscal Challenges

Presenter: Gunnar Knapp, Director and Professor of Economics at the Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of Alaska Anchorage

Sponsored by Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program

An overview of world salmon market conditions and the factors driving Alaska salmon markets. He’ll also discuss Alaska’s fiscal situation and how that might be affecting the fishing industry, including the pressure it is creating for both cuts to state spending as well as increases in fees and taxes.

2:00 – 3:00 Senator Dan Sullivan

Federal Update – Town Hall Meeting

3:00 – 4:00 Director of Commercial Fisheries, Scott Kelly and Representative Louise Stutes

State Update – Town Hall Meeting


 Saturday, April 2nd

 10:30 – 12:30 Processor Competition featuring Kodiak’s seafood pros – Watch their fillet knives fly!

Location: ComFish Trade Show Outside.

Organized by Ocean Beauty Seafoods

Hosted by the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce, the event will consist of two competitions, fish filleting and trimming, with a contestant from each of Kodiak’s seven shoreside processors. Judges will rate the competitors on speed, form and quality. ComFish vendors have donated items such as fillet knives, sweatshirts and fish of the day for audience drawings. The winners of the fillet competition and trimming competition will receive a round trip airline ticket to Anchorage.

12:30 – 2:30 Fishermen’s Showcase

Location: ComFish Trade Show Outside

Hosted by Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program

Check out Kodiak’s finest fishermen show off their talent in the first annual Fishermen’s Showcase! Kodiak fishermen will demonstrate what it takes to be successful in their operations and compete for the honor of most able Fisherman! Sign up at the Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center booth or on the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program