Netting Alaska’s spoils – Craig Medred

Fifty years ago with runs of most Cook Inlet salmon failing, every fisherman – commercial, subsistence and sport – paid the price of conservation. But once the runs were rebuilt in the 1980s, commercial fishermen working the waters at the doorstop of Alaska’s urban core reaped nearly all the benefits. And average Alaskans kept paying conservation costs imposed by restrictive fishing regulations dating back to the 1950s. This is one unavoidable conclusion stemming from weeks of research into  “Alaska’s greatest gift,” a four-part series  detailing the history of Cook Inlet fishing since just before Statehood on through the creation of limited entry and the state’s fisheries rehabilitation and enhancement program to the current day. Read the rest here 14:29

Read Pt.1 Fishing, a very special business. Click here  Read Pt.2 the fall and rise of Alaska fisheries. Click here  Read Pt.3 Carving up the pie Click here