The Highliner finally got around to trawling through the 2006 state lobbying reports to see what was stirring in the fish business.
One thing that stood out right away was that Big Fishing came nowhere close to matching the millions of dollars Big Oil spent on lobbying, advertising and the like last year.
But fishing interests did spread around a decent chunk of change in Juneau.
Here’s some nuggets:
• Bob Thorstenson Jr., who seines for salmon when he’s not chatting up the capitol, reported making $139,000 for lobbying. That’s tops among fish lobbyists. Thorstenson’s main gig, Southeast Alaska Seiners Association, paid him $66,000. Other clients included Armstrong-Keta Inc., Bristol Bay Reserve, Stikine Holdings and Wrangell Seafoods Inc.
• Among fish companies, the biggest spender was Seattle-based Trident Seafoods Corp. Trident paid Jerry Mackie, a former legislator, $60,000. A Trident subsidiary, NorQuest Seafoods, paid Kent Dawson $40,000.
• Two of Alaska’s biggest salmon processors, Ocean Beauty Seafoods Inc. and Icicle Seafoods Inc., both had a man in Juneau. Ocean Beauty paid Reed Stoops $45,000, and shelled out about $28,000 more in expenses. Icicle paid Sam Kito $30,000.
• The Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corp. paid Kate Tesar $38,000.