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Graying of the Fleet- Keeping Young Fishermen Fishing

In 2013, the average age of Alaska fishery permit holders was 49.7 years, up ten years since 1980. As many Alaska fishery permit holders approach retirement age, the decisions of the next generation about fishing will impact coastal communities. This study seeks to better define the problem of the “graying of the fleet,” and to assess and develop alternatives that will help address this growing problem.

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