NOAA Profiles Fishing Communities

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has written a draft report on fishing communities nationwide. The report gets as specific as the  Cook Inlet and Kenai Peninsula, where NOAA describes “rapid population growth,” saying the larger towns on the Kenai Peninsula have seen a doubling or tripling of their populations in the last several decades.

 

According to the federal agency, the area is dependent on salmon fishing, and falling prices in recent years has created economic hardship for some communities. As an example, commercial salmon permits are described, with average values of a permit in 2006 only worth a tenth of the value it held in 1980’s and 90’s.

 

You can read the full report here.

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