Fishing reports detail financial impact on Alaska

Kenai, Alaska (AP) — Two new reports shed light on the financial
impact the commercial and sportfishing industries bring to the
state.

A Department of Fish and Game report says sportfishing generated
nearly $1.4 billion for the state in 2007. The industry also
supported more than 15,800 jobs.

A second report on commercial fishing says the seafood industry
contributed $5.8 billion to the state’s economic output in 2007. It
also provided 78,519 jobs directly or indirectly.

Dave Benton of the Marine Conservation Alliance says if Alaska
were an independent nation, it would rank ninth worldwide for
seafood production.

He says the two reports are not related.

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