Rep. Seaton’s bill breaks up scallop monopoly – Board of Fisheries to decide on how to allocate scallop permits

Homer Tribune – In 2002 the Legislature adopted the temporary permit vessel limited entry program. “That policy led to a rapid and extreme consolidation,” Seaton said, “leaving 90 percent of the scallop fishery in the hands of a Washington-based corporation.” The F/V Kilkenny, based currently out of Kodiak, but making frequent trips to Homer, is the only Alaskan scallop operation in state waters, Seaton said. A monopoly on the majority of the $4.5 million fishery is held by the Alaska Scallops Association, a group of partners from Washington. continued

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