Alaska State Sen. Ted Stevens and Gov. Tony Knowles will co-host an Alaska Fish Summit Thursday in Kodiak. The purpose of the summit is for processors, fishers, regulators and other interested parties to meet and discuss the various issues facing Alaska's fishing industry, according to Bob King, Knowles' press secretary.
"There's a lot of problems facing the industry. But there are a lot of opportunities. Alaska still has a good product," King said.
He said the purpose of the summit is to discuss ideas to take advantage of the positive aspects of Alaska's fisheries.
King mentioned the push to certify Alaska's salmon as organic, co-op fisheries in Chignik, salmon branding in Cook Inlet and fishing permit buy-back programs as just a few of the topics that will be discussed at the summit.
In a press release, Stevens said he hoped the summit would provide some working solutions to Alaska's fisheries problems.
Stevens said he hoped "by working together we can develop solutions to the challenges facing this crucial sector of Alaska's economy."
Anyone interested in the fishing industry is invited to attend the summit. The event will run all day and will be held at the Kodiak Coast Guard Gymnasium.
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