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Opinion: Southeast hatcheries are criticial to Southeast’s economy

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(Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire File) Southeast Conference is the state-designated Alaska Regional Development Organization and federally designated Economic Development District for Southeast Alaska. These two designations require the Southeast Conference to invest time and personnel into resource management and economic development planning. Our mission is to undertake and support activities that promote strong economies, healthy communities, and a quality environment in Southeast Alaska.

Here in Southeast Alaska, we are fortunate to have a foundation of seafood economies rooted in community resilience, ownership, and science-based management to lead us into future generations of salmon-based livelihoods. According to , the commercial fishing and seafood industries in Southeast Alaska make up approximately 3,305 jobs and $170.7 million in food employment earnings. Our salmon hatchery organizations around the region, have a direct and indirect economic impact of approximately $236 million annually. The three large salmon hatchery organizations located in Southeast Alaska — Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association in Ketchikan, Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association in Sitka, and Douglas Island Pink and Chum in Juneau — continue to support and enhance the salmon runs that connect our Southeast Alaska communities to the global economy.

As a demonstration of commitment to science-based management, the state […]

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