INDUSTRY: Fight for the Fisheries

At twin hearings in Seattle and Juneau last week, a Senate Commerce subcommittee stewed over the biggest economic problem of the nation's 49th state. The great salmon fisheries, which normally bring 41% of Alaska's $146 million annual civilian income, are on the verge of destruction. In the past 23 years, the pack has slipped from 8,500,000 cases to 3,000,000 cases in 1958. This year the outlook is for a bare 1,800,000, the lowest level since the canneries started keeping records in 1910.

The fishermen can blame themselves for part of the trouble. For years U.S. fleets fished with such predatory methods...

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