Posted by: Bob Payne | August 20, 2011

Conflicts run deep in Alaska fisheries regulatory council

More than 50 years ago, Alaska became a state and broke the domination Outside interests had long held over the salmon of the Alaska Territory. The desire to rid the north of salmon-catching fish traps largely controlled by Washington-state-based fish processors was one of the motivating forces behind statehood. Later, the young state strongly backed federal efforts to drive Japanese fishing boats out of a federal Fisheries Conservation Zone stretching 200 miles out to sea from the Alaska coast.

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