ComFish History: 30+ Years of Alaska Fishing
ComFish has come a long way since its inception 33 years ago.
It has grown into Alaska’s longest running fisheries trade show, and is the only trade event held in a major Alaska fishing port – Kodiak.
ComFish began in 1980 by the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce as a marine trade fair. The next year, ComFish moved into the National Guard Armory. By 1986, ComFish moved to larger quarters provided by Alaska Transfer & Storage.
The event continued to grow and three years later, it was time for ComFish to find a bigger home. ComFish moved to one of the largest airplane hangars at the U.S Coast Guard Base in Kodiak.
In 2002, ComFish expanded its focus beyond the trade show and added a Fisheries Forum component. Each Year, experts and policy makers come to Kodiak to address the changes, challenges and opportunities facing Alaska’s commercial fishing industry.