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Proposed budget by Alaska Governor good news for commercial fisheries

Laine welch

Published: December 24th, 2011 10:57 PM Last Modified: December 24th, 2011 10:58 PM

Alaska's commercial fisheries programs could get a slight boost if Gov. Sean Parnell's budget for next fiscal year gets a nod from legislators.

The proposed fiscal year 2013 operating budget for the Department of Fish and Game, including all state and federal funds, is just more than $209 million, a 5.1 percent increase. For commercial fisheries, the department's most expensive unit, a budget of $70.5 million is a 4.4 percent increase. Parnell also is proposing a bond package that includes $10 million to help Seward prepare to homeport large at-sea processing boats owned by communities in the Kuskokwim region. The vessels now are....