This 2016 report investigates the economic linkages primarily between Southwest Alaska and other Alaska regions.


Findings reveal that seafood harvesting and processing operations in Southwest Alaska are an economic engine for the region, a major source of employment and economic output for the state, and a primary economic link with the Alaska road and railbelt region. More broadly, as a region largely defined by its marine resources, Southwest Alaska relies heavily on water-based commerce, employment, and travel.


Not only is Southwest Alaska home to six of the ten largest fisheries in the United States, Dutch Harbor and Kodiak are the second and third largest revenue-generating fisheries nationwide. The revenue generated from these fisheries affects the rest of Alaska on numerous economic levels from travel and tourism to exports and personal income.


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