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Permit leasing bill aims to boost Alaska fishing futures

Many studies over the past decade have highlighted Alaska’s “graying of the fleet” – the average age of permit holders now is nearly 50 – and the lack of opportunities for young people to launch a career in commercial fishing. A new measure gaining steam in the Alaska legislature aims to reverse that trend by creating fisheries trusts in which communities could buy permits and lease them to interested fishermen.

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Herring updates for Kodiak, Togiak, further west

Kodiak’s herring season, which began on April 15, is much different than any other Alaska region. Whereas fisheries at places like Sitka Sound and Togiak can wrap up after a few short openers, Kodiak’s herring openers can occur at up to 80 different places around the Island and last into June.

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