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Sunday, March 9, 2008
By Margaret Bauman
Alaska Journal of Commerce

Key issues on the agenda for ComFish, scheduled for March 20-22 in Kodiak, include a congressional candidates’ fisheries debate, as well as oil and gas and mining development in prime fishing areas.

Incumbent Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, and five contenders will debate seafood industry issues the evening of March 20 in a two-hour forum to be broadcast live statewide via the Alaska Public Radio Network, from host station KMXT/Kodiak.

The March 21 agenda begins with a North Aleutian Basin energy and fisheries forum, with presenters including Brian Allee of the Alaska Sea Grant program, Gregg Nady of Shell Oil and others.

That discussion will include updates on energy and fisheries initiatives, Shell Oil Co.’s development plans and public input.

Also scheduled are two discussions of the Pebble project. The first, on the afternoon of March 20, will feature representatives of the Pebble Partnership, backers of the project. The second, the afternoon of March 21, is sponsored by Renewable Resources Coalition, which opposes the project.

Other topics of interest to those in the seafood industry include a discussion on marine debris issues, led by Steven Campbell of the Alaska Marine Safety Education Association; a discussion on tackling climate change issues, sponsored by the Alaska Marine Conservation Council; a town meeting with Commissioner Denby Lloyd of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game; and an update on the Exxon Valdez lawsuit, led by plaintiffs’ attorney Matt Jamin.

Bob Foy of the NOAA Fisheries Science Center in Kodiak will do a presentation on ocean acidification, while Bill Bechtol of the University of Alaska, and Brian Alee of the Alaska Sea Grant program, will give updates on Kodiak red king crab stocks and the state’s first hatchery project to grow baby king crab from Kodiak and the Pribilof Islands. and its also non-profit sister websites,,,,, and are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article.

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