Charting New Courses for Alaska Salmon Fisheries: The Legal Waters

Charting New Courses for Alaska Salmon Fisheries: The Legal Waters

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This booklet summarizes legal issues on restructuring the Alaska salmon fishery to improve its economic viability. Restructuring could include buying back limited entry permits, forming cooperatives where only some permit holders fish but all share in the profits, and using a method based on harvest allocations like individual fishing quotas used for some federally managed fisheries. Competition with farmed salmon, changes in consumer demand, and smaller sockeye runs have plunged Alaska's commercial salmon industry into an economic crisis, demanding a restructuring of the fishery.

The issues were discussed by legal experts on Alaska natural resources and fisheries law at an October 2002 workshop. The workshop was sponsored by the University of Alaska Institute for Social and Economic Research, the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program, and Washington Sea Grant. Published by the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program. Alaska's Marine Resources 9(1).

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