In February, Governor Walker issued Administrative Order 279, authorizing the transfer of certain administrative functions from the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission
(CFEC) to the Department of Fish and Game.
According to data from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission
, the Permit Holder and Crew Member Active Permit counts for the last three years have been declining; in 2014 there were 14,065 resident and 4,419 nonresident, in 2015 there were 14,648 resident and 4,395 nonresident, and this year there are 14,002 resident and 4,177 nonresident.
In 2008, 347 commercial salmon permits (out of a total of 500) were issued to Cordova residents, leading to local earnings of about 29 million dollars (Alaska Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission, 2008a).
Active commercial fishers living in Cordova who had been fishing in the area for at least 20 years (n = 155) were identified from 1988-2008 annual lists of drift gillnet permit holders (Alaska Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission, 2008b).
These estimates were based on methodology developed by the Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of Alaska , and revised by the Alaska Department of Labor and the Alaska Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission
: the number of workers at risk was estimated by multiplying the number of vessels making landings each month by the appropriate crew size associated with the respective fishery.
The most controversial of these bills is probably SB 113, a bill that would give more authority to the Alaska Board of Fisheries and the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission
to consider state waters "dedicated access privilege programs.
The names of charter vessels, owners and locations are also available on the Internet through the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission
Web site at http://www.