Every year since 1980, Kodiak plays host to Comfish, the largest and longest running commercial fisheries trade show in Alaska and the only one to be held in a major fishing port. The trade show features vendors from all over the world who specialize in equipment and technology designed for the fishing industry. Comfish has also expanded its focus beyond fisheries products and innovations to include a fisheries policy forum. Experts in the industry are invited to address changes, challenges and opportunities facing the Alaska Seafood industry now and in the future.
This year the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce sponsored a gala seafood dinner, “Look How Far We’ve Come”, to celebrate the 50 year anniversary of statehood and the Alaska Seafood Industry. Special guests included Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and her “First Dude” Todd Palin and Senator Ted Stevens. Island Seafoods provided the seafood for this special event. The menu displayed a wide variety of seafood from Kodiak including, Teriyaki Sockeye Salmon, Halibut Olympia, King Crab cakes, stuffed scallops, and seafood fettuccine alfredo. The stuffed scallops were probably my favorite. Beautiful Kodiak Scallops filled with King Crab meat; Mouth watering!!
After the introduction speech by Governor Palin, Senator Stevens was presented with a Lifetime Achievement award for his tireless efforts over the past 40 years in Alaska Fisheries policies. Some of his more notable projects included establishing the 200 mile economic zone for Alaskan Waters. He also helped bring the U.S. Coast Guard to Kodiak when the Navy left after World War II. The Coast Guard Base is now the largest in the United States.
After the dinner, my wife Rachel and I had the wonderful opportunity to share a moment with Governor Palin. My wife and I thanked her for everything she has done for us Alaskans. Her presence was simply electrifying. The room was buzzing with excitement as she paused for photos. Governor Palin was very friendly, taking the time to ask us a few questions about our daughter Eydis, who was born 1 month after her son, Trig. Meeting the Governor was an amazing privilege for Rachel and me. Her charismatic presence and approachable down to earth demeanor was something that you don’t get from seeing her on television. Great food and interesting and important people; this was truly a night to remember!
Until next time, Enjoy!