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Dan's Dispatch


The commercial fishing and seafood processing industry is Alaska's largest private-sector employer. The fishing industry employs tens of thousands of individuals producing billions of pounds of seafood for the U.S. and the world. The industry pays over $250 million a year in taxes and fees, and 65 cities, boroughs and municipalities directly benefit from Fisheries Landing and/or Fisheries Business taxes. The seafood industry is critical to maintaining a healthy Southeast economy.

In Wrangell, the estimated 2013 ex-vessel income was $13.9 million. Earnings were generated from commercial fish...

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