Understanding Alaska: Fisheries

Rationalizing the Alaska Commercial Salmon Fishery

The commercial salmon fishery is the most economically important of Alaska's many fisheries, employing thousands in harvesting and processing during the summer season and providing the main economic driver for many Alaskan communities. However it has come under increasing pressure during the last decade from deteriorating market conditions negatively impacting price and from problems inherent in the limited entry system used to control and allocate the harvest. It is now widely recognized that the commercial salmon fishery is facing a crisis that must be addressed quickly or the fishery and many of the communities that depend upon it, may disappear. The product of this study is a series of reports and workshops investigating various aspects of this crisis and evaluating different solutions for dealing with the decline in the market and with the methods currently used by the state to manage and allocate the fishery.

Options for Restructuring Alaska Salmon Fisheries
A report by Gunnar Knapp

Overview of Options for Restructuring Alaska Salmon Fisheries
A Power Point presentation by Gunnar Knapp

Challenges in Restructuring Alaska's Salmon Fisheries
A paper by Fran Ulmer and Gunnar Knapp.

In the past several years ISER has been a partner in a number of workshops examining salmon management issues. Click here to go to presentations and other material on the Web site of Tools for the Salmon Industry.

Options for Restructuring Alaska's Salmon Industry

Restructuring Alaska
Salmon Fisheries
Alaska Seafood Market Changes and Challenges
Chignik Salmon Cooperative Change, Challenges, and Opportunities for Wild Fisheries
Charting New Courses for Alaska Salmon Fisheries:The Legal Waters Fisheries Co-ops and Beyond: Realigning Fisheries Management
Challenges and Strategies for the
Salmon Industry
Changing Alaska's Salmon Harvesting System: What are the challenges?
Long-Term Outlook for Salmon Returns
Enhancing the Marketing and Quality of Alaska's Salmon Fisheries
The Future of Alaska's Salmon Runs