Next week’s ComFish forums will include a former Kodiak fisherman-turned-researcher studying ways to improve salmon quality in a bid to raise the price paid to fishermen.
Mark Buckley of Digital Observers, LLC is a former Kodiak resident now based in Seattle. Last summer his team conducted a survey in which salmon caught in Bristol Bay were tagged and tracked so that the individual boats who participated in the survey were able to track the level of quality of fish delivered to their processor in Naknek.
Those results of the survey will be laid out in detail at ComFish next Thursday. Buckley says he sees potential to expand the survey to Kodiak fisheries.
And he’ll also be making a pitch for fishermen to create new regional seafood development associations like those that already exist in Bristol Bay and Prince William Sound.
ComFish will run from April 14-16 at the Kodiak Harbor Convention Center. There’s more information here .