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Fish Factor


January 19, 2017

As lawmakers convene this week in Juneau, Alaska’s fishing industry sees a glimmer of hope that its budget won’t be gutted again.

Under Governor Walker’s proposed budget for FY18, the commercial fisheries division of the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game reflects a .3 percent increase to $70.7 million. It’s a big relief for an industry whose oversight budget has been slashed by more than 30 percent over two years.

“All regions show

slight increases,” said Tom Gemmell, a numbers guru and executive director of the Halibut Coalition in Juneau.

“It was a nice surprise this year to g...

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