Month: September 2008

Southeast hatcheries struggle after low pink salmon returns

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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Candidates discuss the future of Sitka's schools

Candidates for the Sitka school board shared their views on everything from maintaining diverse programs in the face of declining enrollment, to paying for extra-curricular activities, in the first of three municipal election forums sponsored by the Sitka Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday (9-18-08).

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