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Southeast hatcheries struggle after low pink salmon returns

SITKA, ALASKA While low fish returns are tough on fishermen, they’re also tough on hatcheries, which generate a significant portion of their revenues from “cost recovery”—or harvesting and selling some of their adult fish returns. Southeast’s regional non-profit hatcheries can weather low fish returns because they receive some income from the state’s salmon enhancement tax, (SET) which fishermen pay on all fish caught. But non-regional non-profit hatcheries don’t receive the SET tax so without a cost recovery harvest, they have a much harder time making ends meet.
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