National Fisherman


On May 8, 2013, the Copper River/Prince William Sound Marketing Association and Alaskan Brewing Company will partner in Dallas, Texas, to support the Dallas Observer Iron Fork competition and to bring two Alaska products — Copper River salmon and Alaskan Brewing beer — to the Lone Star state.

Sponsored by the Dallas Observer, Whole Foods and Ben E. Keith Beverage, the locally renowned Iron Fork competition will feature the onstage chef challenge moderated by Chef Kent Rathbun. Competing chefs Scott Romano of Nick & Sam's, and Matt McCallister of FT33, will be given a basket of ingredients, including one mystery ingredient. The competing chefs will have to create a dish in a mini kitchen, and a panel will then judge the dish. The winner will receive the title of Iron Chef.

Both chefs will travel to Cordova, Alaska, to experience one of the first Copper River salmon openers in May, where they will board a commercial fishing vessel to fish for Copper River sockeye themselves. On their way home, they will stop over in Juneau to tour the Alaskan brewery and see the beer making process firsthand. Back in Texas, each chef will host a VIP Dinner featuring the Copper River salmon and Alaskan Brewing beer.

CROP MikeMahoneyBeerSockeyeDeck 5129Alaskan Brewing is the official beer sponsor of the Iron Fork Competition. and, "We want to bring our passion for Copper River salmon to Texas just like we brought our Alaskan Amber to Texas last year," explains Alaskan Brewing Brand Manager Cindy Burchfield in a company news release. "There are a lot of people in Dallas who have an appreciation for wild Alaska seafood and for Alaskan beer, so it was a natural partnership with the Iron Fork competition." That's Copper River fisherman Mike Mahoney at left displaying both Alaska products.

This is the first year that the Copper River/Prince William Sound Marketing Association will be participating in the event. "We are really looking forward to welcoming Scott and Matt to Cordova," says Beth Poole, the marketing association's executive director. "Our fishermen work in a remote corner of the world and our salmon is renowned worldwide. It's very exciting to be here in our small Alaskan fishing community when the season reopens each year and these two chefs from Dallas are going to see where the finest wild Alaska sockeye comes from. We are so pleased to be working with chefs, retailers and home cooks to share Copper River Salmon across the country."

Inside the Industry

The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:

The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.

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Louisiana’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, which governs commercial and recreational fishing in the state, got a new boss in January. Charlie Melancon, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and state legislator, was appointed to the job by the state’s new governor, John Bel Edwards.

Although much of his non-political work in the past has centered on the state’s sugar cane industry, Melancon said he is confident that other experience, including working closely with fishermen when in Congress, has prepared him well for this new challenge.

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