An independent study conducted by the McDowell group in 2018 determined that between 2012 and 2017, PWS commercial fishermen (all gear types) harvested a cumulative total of 539 million pounds of PWSAC-produced salmon worth $296 million. The annual commercial harvest of PWSAC fish averaged 90 million pounds worth $49 million.
PWSAC salmon accounted for 43 percent of the total PWS salmon harvest volume over the 2012 to 2017 period (1.2 billion pounds) and 45 percent of the total value ($642 million).
Over the 2012-2017 period, more than one in three pink salmon harvested in PWS came from PWSAC.
In collaboration with eight regional aquaculture associations, the McDowell group estimates that Alaska’s salmon hatcheries contribute nearly a quarter of the value of our state’s salmon harvests and generate $600 million in economic output. Alaska’s salmon hatcheries account for the annual equivalent of 4,700 jobs and $218 million in total labor income, including all direct, indirect, and induced economic impacts.
Please join us Valentine’s Day from 10 AM to noon at the Alaska Sea Grant office (inside PWS Aquaculture) to meet John Williams, the new Marine Advisory Program agent working through early May.
Take a break and come enjoy some coffee with famous local cake and welcome John.
For inquiries or to voice support regarding the fate of the Cordova Sea Grant office beyond May, please contact University of Alaska president Jim Johnsen at email@example.com by February 15.