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By Laine Welch
Fisheries columnist 

Alaska Fish Factor

Survey finds 98% of Alaska, West Coast fishermen hurt by pandemic economy


January 21, 2021

Courtesy Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association

The Tutka Bay Hatchery in Kachemak Bay is one of four hatcheries operated by the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association. It produces primarily sockeye and pink salmon.

The single biggest hit to fishermen from the COVID-19 virus is lower dock prices, according to Alaska and West Coast harvesters, and 98% said their businesses have been badly bashed by the pandemic.

That's based on survey results compiled by Ocean Strategies, a public relations firm that focuses on fisheries that helped profile the Pacific region for a larger federal study.

Nearly 400 fishermen responded to the short, confidential survey launched last November, said senior consultant Hannah Heimbuch of Kodiak.

"NOAA uses any information they collect on economics to report to Congress on h...

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