BBEDC sees permit leasing assistance as a pathway toward encouraging its residents to ultimately move toward permit ownership.
In addition, BBEDC offers financing to help commercial fishermen acquire and upgrade vessels.
BBEDC also helps individuals buy and maintain refrigeration systems or ice.
The company is equally owned by BBEDC and Alaskan Leader Group.
The partnership with BBEDC also has been very beneficial for Alaskan Leader Fisheries, according to President Rob Wurm.
17 communities have a better deal, as BBEDC
will buy bulk multiple refrigeration units, so they can offer them to fishermen involved in the grant program at a better price.
Since 2005, BBEDC also has been delivering ice directly to the fishing grounds, something that has never before been done in Alaska.
APICDA represents six communities and BBEDC includes 17.
We are optimistic about the future of Alaska's salmon-fishing industry and the positive impact BBEDC
will have on the growth of the industry.