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Fish Factor

ADF&G analyzing the impacts of a government shutdown on fisheries, as well as hunting


Want a fishing license to crew on a salmon boat this summer? Got friends or family visiting who want to wet a line for a prized Alaska catch? Don’t count on it.

If the Alaska legislature continues to defy its constitutional obligation to pass a budget, those opportunities will be lost because there won’t be any state workers to issue fishing licenses. Layoff notices went out on June 1 to thousands of state employees who will be off the job at the July 1 start of the fiscal year. 

That’s just one of the lesser impacts of the legislative impasse, hundreds of which are now being outli...

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