Has your state ever lost a precious economic and cultural resource? This year Alaska's waters were closed for commercial and sport fishing for king salmon. The closing of the water for both sport and commercial fishing for kings have huge effects both economically and culturally, which could effect the outcome of the future king salmon fishing seasons.
Huge economic effects take place during the closing of kings for the season. Many tourists come to Alaska just to fish for kings. And if we lose those tourists, we lose a number of small businesses and companies such as Trustworthy Hardware, or Ken"s Alaskan Tackle. Also, the Kenai Peninsula would lose most of it's income, due to the fact that summer tourism brings in a lot of the revenue every year.
Great cultural effects take place due to the king salmon loss in Alaska. There is a shortage of food and jobs in bush Alaska and towns in Alaska that depend on fishing for income. The people of Alaska depend on their summer fishing jobs for providing for their families and their villages and towns. With the loss of the king salmon season, the people in Alaska who depend on these jobs will need to find other jobs, like odd jobs, that will decrease their summer income. This could lead some families to apply for programs such as welfare, or social security income.
The future effects that follow these effects on cultural and economical levels can range from catching a few less salmon in future years to the possibility of king salmon becoming extinct. Maybe the Alaska Department of Fish and Game will drastically cut the amount of fish that you can catch, or even close the kings again next year. Possibly in the future people may only be allowed catch and release fishing for king salmon. But nonetheless, small businesses and stores will be affected in the long run. Lots of
2business are beginning to change the way they do things due to this year. For example, Kevin Delaney, the owner of a small fish guiding business...