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Southeast to be included in salmon disaster declaration


The governor’s office last week announced the inclusion of Southeast Alaska in the state’s request for a disaster declaration for the 2016 pink salmon fishery.

Made October 26, the announcement was in response to a letter jointly issued by Reps. Dan Ortiz (I-District 36) and Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins (D-District 35) the previous week making the request. It follows a request in August made by Rep. Louise Stutes (R-District 32) for the state’s fishery due to the season’s poor returns.

Statewide the harvest was considered the worst in nearly half a century. Harvest data compiled by the A...

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