Got questions or topics for famous Kodiak fisheries debates? The call is out!

Questions/topics are wanted for Kodiak fisheries debates set for early October. Will Dunleavy pull a no show again?

by | August 19, 2022

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Debates include candidates for AK governor and US House and Senate

The Kodiak Chamber of Commerce is holding debates for leading candidates for Alaska governor and seats in the US House and Senate on October 3rd & 4th. The events will focus on a single topic: Alaska’s seafood industry.

Kodiak has hosted the debates starting with Alaska candidates for governor in 1991. Candidates for Alaska’s seats in the US House and Senate were added to the mix starting in 2004.

Congressman Don Young and Alyse Galvin at the Kodiak fisheries debate in 2018

The debates will be held in person at the Kodiak High School auditorium and as always, broadcast live statewide via the Alaska Public Radio Network and other stations. Several TV outlets also will cover the events.

The Chamber is reaching out to the general public and the seafood industry to solicit fishery topics and questions for consideration that include both state and federal fisheries issues. Deadline is September 2 at 5pm.

“Asking a question of the candidates both educates the future representative and prompts important public conversation that educates the wider community,” said Kodiak Chamber director Jena Lowmaster in a press release.

Will Dunleavy and Tshibaka pull a no show?

Since the Kodiak fisheries debates began over three decades ago, Republican candidate Mike Dunleavy is the only one who has not shown up. After confirming he would be there several months in advance, Dunleavy bailed out just days before the event “due to a scheduling conflict.”

Credit: Anchorage Daily News

“Certainly, it makes us in Kodiak feel like even though the fishing industry is so important to Alaska, it may not be that important to him” 

Frank Schiro, former Kodiak Chamber of Commerce director

Rumors already are circulating that both Dunleavy and Kelly Tshibaka, who is vying for the US Senate seat held by Lisa Murkowski, are unlikely to show up for the fisheries debates.

Alaska US Senate Candidate Kelly Tshibaka

Send your questions to by September 2nd at 5 PM or fill out this form

Credit: The New Yorker

About Laine

Laine Welch has covered the Alaska fish beat for print and radio since 1988. She also has worked “behind the counter” at retail and wholesale seafood companies in Kodiak and on Cape Cod.


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