New processing centers emerged and the industry continues to evolve. feared attack from Japanese during World War II, and turned the town into a fortress.During the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt, animals such as the mountain goat, Sitka deer (black tail), rabbits, muskrats, beavers, squirrels, and others were introduced to the island and the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge was created. Roads, the airport, Fort Abercrombie, and gun fortifications improved the island's infrastructure.Among the companies based in Kodiak is Koniag, Incorporated.Kodiak is an important environmental asset which affects the fishing industry, particularly salmon fishing.Its wild game is coveted by hunters worldwide for the Kodiak bear and other game animals; there are strict laws governing fishing and hunting activities as well as hiking near spawning streams.Both the Department and the city maintain websites and publish brochures to help communicate these strictly enforced laws.When Alaska became a state in 1959, government assistance in housing, transportation, and education added additional benefits.In March 1964, a tectonic tsunami struck the city during the 1964 Alaska earthquake with 30-foot (9.1 m) waves that killed 15 people and caused million in damage.
The most well-known of these is Kodiak Crab Festival.Precipitation is heavy year-round, though markedly less in the summer months. In 1890, it would report as "Kadiak" (the then-spelling).In 1900, it returned as "Kadiak Settlement." From 1910 onwards, it reported as Kodiak, and would formally incorporate in 1940.Salmon, halibut, the unique Kodiak bear, elk, Sitka deer (black tail), and mountain goats attract hunting tourists as well as fishermen to the Kodiak Archipelago.The Alaska Department of Fish and Game maintains an office in the city and a website to help hunters and fishermen obtain the proper permits and learn about the laws specific to the Kodiak area.