Ran across this one while looking into our leaders connections with commercial fishing:
Hardly new news, but Lisa does point out that:
"Puget Sound residents operate close to 1,000 commercial fishing vessels in Alaska"
“Puget Sound is home to 36 processing companies that accounted for 82 percent of total first wholesale value of Alaska seafood production in 2013.”
So 82% of the first wholesale valve of our seafood doesn't even get processed in Alaska - much of it is probably not taxed since it isn't landed. (I need to look back and see what number is used for the billions of value quoted for Alaska seafood - raw fish, wholesale, or retail.) And remember that the majority of those involved in seafood processing in Alaska are aliens - so we don't see that money either!
So while seafood may be a huge economic engine as claimed by some, it would appear that most of the horse-power hits the ground in Seattle and other places - not Alaska.
While I'm at it, I'll try to find how much the seafood industry pays in taxes in Washington state. I'd guess it is magnitudes more than what is paid here in Alaska.
We should do better!